Gardaí and emergency services are currently at the scene of an incident in which a livestock transport vehicle has caught fire on the M8 this morning (Friday, October 7).

Two units from the Tipperary Fire and Rescue Service were called to the scene at 8:10a.m this morning, the fire service has confirmed, where a lorry transporting pigs to slaughter stood in flames.

190 pigs were unharmed, however 30 pigs had to be euthanised, the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine (DAFM) confirmed.

A DAFM veterinary inspector and a private veterinary practitioner attended the incident this morning.

The fire has been extinguished and no injuries have been reported at this time, Gardaí said.

Diversions are currently in place, however “there is no further information available”.