WASHINGTON Street in Cork city remained closed off this morning amid concerns about the structure of a building, following a partial collapse overnight.
Motorists and pedestrians have been told to avoid the area for safety reasons.
Part of a building that is currently under construction collapsed at around 3am. A property next to it also had to be evacuated.
Crews from Cork City Fire Service attended the scene following reports of the collapse.
The fire service used aerial platforms to assess the extent of the collapse and a decision was made to close off the street.
The incident happened a section of the busy street between Cross Street and South Main Street.
The street closure was expected to have significant knock-on effects on traffic.
In a statement this morning, gardaí urged motorists and pedestrians to stay away from the area.
The statement said: "Washington Street in Cork has been closed to all traffic ( vehicles & pedestrians) due to risk of a building collapse. The closure is between Cross St and South Main St."
City councillor Ken O'Flynn said an assessment of all buildings in the city centre is now important in the interest of health and safety.
In a statement, Cork City Council said a building alongside the premises where the collapse occurred also had to be evacuated.
"Cork City Council buildings control engineers are attending the scene this morning to assess the stability and safety of the building."