Figures released by the Road Safety Authority (RSA) show that there were almost three times as many children killed on our roads during 2014 when compared with the previous year.
Fourteen children aged 14 and under died last year, compared with just five in 2013.
These grim figures were highlighted at an international conference on children and road safety taking place in Dublin today.
Speakers at the conference hope to highlight the existing risks for children on the roads through education, safety programmes, and other initiatives.
Research shows that children are more likely to be hit by a vehicle in summertime and on Friday evenings.