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Investigation underway following serious assault in Ennis

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*The incident occurred in the Market area of Ennis. Photograph: Martin Connolly

Gardaí have launched an investigation following an assault which has left one young woman fighting for her life.

On Thursday evening, An Garda Síochána, ambulance paramedics and two units from the Clare County Fire and Rescue Service responded to reports of an incident in the Upper Market area of Ennis.

The Clare Herald reported that emergency responders discovered a woman inside a public toilet in the Market and the Fire Service was required to gain access.

The woman who is believed to be in early twenties was rushed to University Hospital Limerick in a critical condition.

A spokesperson for An Garda Síochána told The Clare Echo that the incident occurred shortly after 6pm.

One man was arrested at the scene. He is being detained under Section 4 of the Criminal Justice Act at Shannon Garda Station.

Gardaí remain at the scene where technical examinations are being carried out while the investigation is ongoing.

Páraic McMahon is Head of News & Sport with The Clare Echo. The Newmarket-on-Fergus native also writes for national papers including The Irish Examiner, The Irish Independent and The Irish Times along with doing work for RTÉ, Today FM, TheJournal.ie and The42.ie. A graduate of Mary Immaculate College, Páraic was previously employed by The Clare Herald and Clare FM. If you have a story, tip or some feedback for him then send an email to - paraic@clareecho.ie

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