Mum let men rape daughter for free alcohol

Gardai are investigating allegations the schoolgirl suffered vile sexual abuse over a period of five years from the age of four.

A total of seven people - including the mother - were being questioned by gardai throughout today.

The sickening allegations were made by the now 10-year-old to specialist child care workers from the HSE, after she was removed from the Tallaght home of her alcoholic mother last year.

Yesterday, after a detailed six month investigation, officers arrested the girl's Eastern European mother and another woman, as well as five men who are believed to have sexually abused the child.

The five males in garda custody are four Eastern European nationals and a UK national.

The shocking case emerged around six months ago when the child — who was taken into HSE care last year — spoke to social workers about the years of sustained sexual abuse.

The alleged offences are not thought to have taken place at the house in Tallaght but at a number of locations on the north and south side of the city.

Gardai are now investigating if any of the child's other siblings were also abused — they too are in HSE care, however there is no evidence of this yet.

Read more at the Irish Independent.

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