A young Ukrainian woman is fighting for her life in hospital after suffering suspected stabbings in Clare this morning.
The child’s mother was also found unconscious at the domestic residence and remains in critical condition.
A major investigation is currently underway to establish exactly what happened at the property in the village of Clarecastle, located on the outskirts of Ennis.
It is understood that the mother and daughter are Ukrainian nationals who were staying at a center for refugees who fled the war-torn country.
The girl, believed to be eight, was discovered with serious injuries, including suspected stab wounds to her neck, and was taken to Limerick University Hospital where she remains in critical condition.
Her mother, in her 40s, was found unconscious at the scene and taken to Limerick Hospital where she is also fighting for her life.
An investigation into the incident is being carried out by detectives at Ennis Garda station while a senior garda has been appointed to oversee the investigation.
Specialized detectives are also involved in the investigation due to the child’s age.
Gardaí has appointed a liaison officer to assist the family and the scene remains sealed to facilitate a review by the Divisional Crime Scene Unit.
A Garda spokesperson said: “This is an ongoing and ongoing investigation and no further information is available at this time.
“An Garda Síochána is appealing to anyone with information about this incident to contact the Ennis Garda Station Investigation Team 065 6848100, Garda Confidential Line 1800 666 111 or any Garda Station.
“Investigations are ongoing and updates will follow,” the spokesperson added.
Clare Civil Defense personnel and an interpreter were called to assist gardaí at the scene this morning.
The remaining occupants of the property have since been moved to an emergency refugee accommodation center in Ennis.
Clare Civil Defense has provided emergency accommodation for those displaced by the Russian invasion of Ukraine over the past few months.
Earlier today, Gardaí said a girl discovered this morning with serious injuries was in critical condition in hospital and a woman was also found unconscious at the scene.
She was taken to Limerick University Hospital where she is also in critical condition.
UHL doctors are currently evaluating the child and providing emergency medical support.
However, she is expected to be transferred to a hospital in Dublin for more specialist care.
Gardaí should conduct door-to-door surveys in the area to determine if anyone has heard or seen anything relevant to their investigation.
Officers are also trying to determine precisely who was at the property when the little girl was injured early this morning.
Gardaí said investigations are ongoing and updates will follow.