A young girl is in a critical condition in hospital following a violent incident at a house in Co Clare this morning.
A woman discovered in the house was also rushed to University Hospital Limerick for treatment and is also in a critical condition. She was found unconscious at the property.
Gardaí have confirmed that the young girl sustained serious injuries at a house at Clareabbey on the outskirts of Ennis. The alarm was raised at around 8am. It is understood that the woman and young child are from Ukraine and had recently moved to the property.
Gardaí and National Ambulance Service paramedics responded to the incident on the main Ennis to Clarecastle road.
A garda spokesperson said: “A female child remains in a critical condition. A female adult is also in a critical condition.
“This is a live and ongoing investigation, and no further information is available at this time.”
An incident room has been established at Ennis Garda Station and a senior Investigating officer has been appointed to oversee the investigation.
A Family Liaison Officer has been appointed to the family.
The scene has been preserved, and is currently being examined by the Divisional Scenes of Crime Unit.
In a statement, gardaí said they are "investigating all the circumstances surrounding the discovery" of the child.
Investigations are ongoing, the statement added.
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.