AN EIGHT YEAR OLD GIRL remains in a critical condition following a stabbing incident in Clarecastle.

Two females, a child and an adult were hospitalised after they were discovered with serious injuries on Tuesday morning.

Following a violent incident at a property in Clareabbey, a young girl discovered with serious injuries was rushed to University Hospital Limerick (UHL) for treatment. The alarm was raised at 8am on Tuesday morning. Later that night, she was transferred to a hospital in Dublin for further attention.

An Garda Síochána have confirmed to The Clare Echo that a female adult was found unconscious at the scene, she was also removed to UHL. She is believed to be on a ventilator.

The Clare Echo understands that the girl received up to forty stab wounds to her head in the attack. Earlier this month, she had enrolled as a student at Clarecastle National School. A spokesperson for An Garda Síochána was unable to provide confirmation on the extent of the injuries or how they were sustained when questioned by The Clare Echo.

Both the mother and daughter are from Ukraine and were among a group of eight persons that moved into new accommodation by Clareabbey in the past fortnight. The property which had only been refurbished having been left idle for some time has been converted into four apartments.

As part of the investigations, an incident room has been established at Ennis Garda Station and a Senior Investigation officer has been appointed to oversee this work. A Family Liaison Officer has been appointed to the family. The scene currently remains preserved and the scene is currently being examined by Divisional Scenes of Crime Unit.

“This is a live and ongoing investigation,” a Garda spokesperson stated. Persons with information on the incident are asked to contact the investigation team at Ennis Garda Station 065 6848100, the Garda Confidential Line 1800 666 111 or any Garda Station.

Clarecastle has been rocked by the incident, Clare TD Joe Carey (FG) said. “My thoughts are with the family and the community, it is a really distressing situation. It has really rocked the community that a tragic incident like this could happen”.

Deputy Carey outlined that all State services will be made available to the community and Clarecastle NS such as the assistance of the National Educational Psychological Service (NEPS).

He added, “We don’t know what these people have been through. They’re coming from a war-torn country, they have come through such a tough time already. There are really tragic circumstances around this case”.

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