Woman killed in County Limerick dog attack

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A woman has died after being attacked by a dog at a house in County Limerick.

The attack happened at about 23:40 local time on Tuesday in Ballyneety.

The woman, who was 23, was pronounced dead at the scene, Gardaí (Irish police) said.

Police said one dog has been "destroyed" and a number of others have been seized.

Irish broadcaster RTÉ is reporting that the dogs were from a restricted breed.

A map showing Balyneety and Limerick

The Irish Minister for Rural and Community Development, Heather Humphreys, said she was "absolutely appalled" by the woman's death and sent sympathies to her family.

She said that more action was required in relation to dog control and that she had set up a cross governmental stakeholder group, chaired by the retired deputy Garda commissioner John Twomey, to examine the issue.

“I have asked the group to examine the restricted breeds list, in line with actions being taken in the UK and Northern Ireland," she said in a statement.

“I am committed to working with colleagues across government in taking whatever action is necessary to strengthen our dog control laws,” she added.

A list of restricted breeds in the Republic of Ireland can be found here.

No breed of dog is banned in the Republic of Ireland.