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Ukranian girl (8) fights for life as mum also critical after suspected stabbing in Clare

The young girl, who is believed to be eight-years-old, was discovered with serious injuries including suspected stab wounds to the neck

A forensic Garda at the scene in Clarecastle on the outskirts of Ennis, Co Clare. Photo: Press 22

University Hospital Limerick

Robin SchillerSunday World

A young Ukrainian girl is fighting for her life in hospital after suffering suspected stab wounds in Clare this morning.

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, located on the outskirts of Ennis.

It’s understood the mother and daughter are Ukrainian nationals who were staying at a centre for refugees who had fled the war-torn country.

University Hospital Limerick

The young girl, who is believed to be eight-years-old, was discovered with serious injuries including suspected stab wounds to the neck and was removed to University Hospital Limerick where she remains in a critical condition.

Her mother, aged in her mid-40s, was found unconscious at the scene and was brought to the Limerick hospital where she is also fighting for her life.

An investigation into the incident is being led by detectives at Ennis garda station while a senior garda has been appointed to oversee the inquiry.

Specialist detectives are also involved in the investigation because of the age of the child.

Gardaí have also appointed a liaison officer to assist the family and the scene remains sealed-off to facilitate an examination by the Divisional Scenes of Crime Unit.

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.

“Enquires are ongoing and updates will follow,” the spokesman added.

The property where the incident occurred is being used to accommodate Ukrainian refugees.

Clare Civil Defence personnel and an interpreter were also called to assist Gardaí at the scene this morning.

The remaining occupants of the property have since been transferred to an emergency refugee accommodation centre in Ennis. Clare Civil Defence has been providing emergency accommodation for people displaced by Russia’s invasion of Ukraine for the past number of months.

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