A Ukrainian child is now fighting for her life in a hospital in Dublin after suffering suspected stab wounds in Co. Clare.
The 8-year-old girl was discovered with serious injuries including suspected stab wounds to the neck yesterday.
The child’s mother was also discovered unconscious at the domestic residence and remains in a critical condition.
A major investigation is now underway to establish exactly what occurred at the property in the village of Clarecastle, on the outskirts of Ennis.
It’s understood the mother and daughter were staying at a centre for refugees who had fled the war-torn country.
The child was reportedly discovered with serious injuries including suspected stab wounds to the neck and was removed to University Hospital Limerick before a transfer to Dublin.
Her mother, aged in her mid-40s, was found unconscious at the scene and was brought to the Limerick hospital where she is fighting for her life.
An investigation into the incident is being led by detectives at Ennis garda station while specialist detectives are also involved due to the child’s age.
A garda spokesman said: “This is a live and ongoing investigation and no further information is available at this time.
“An Garda Síochána are appealing for anyone with any information on this incident to contact the investigation team at Ennis Garda Station 065 6848100, the Garda Confidential Line 1800 666 111 or any Garda Station.“
The property where the incident occurred is being used to accommodate Ukrainian refugees.
The remaining occupants of the property have since been transferred to an emergency refugee accommodation centre in Ennis.