Gardaí are seeking witnesses to a vicious attack in Portlaoise which left a girl, aged 13, in hospital.
Gardaí confirmed that they are investigating an incident which happened in broad daylight at the height of a Christmas shopping Saturday. The incident occurred around 4.30pm on November 24 outside Laois Shopping Centre.
Videos on social media show the victim being repeatedly punched and kicked around the head and body by an older and bigger girl.
The victim was hospitalised after the attack but the extent of her physical injuries are not known. The videos have been viewed more than 13,500 times on Facebook.
Child protection service Tusla said it does not comment on individual cases.
Gardaí asked the public to contact them at 057 8674100