Gardaí have issued a Child Rescue Ireland alert over a missing woman and a three-year-old girl.

Public assistance is sought in tracing three-year- old Saoirse Carr, Holburn Hill, Belturbet, Co Cavan.

It is believed that Saoirse is in the company of her mother, Rachel McDonald Carr, 45, of Holburn Hill, Belturbet, Co Cavan. 

They were last seen at approximately 12.30pm. this afternoon at their home.

Rachel McDonald is described as 5'7'', of broad build with brown hair and brown eyes.

It is believed Rachel and Sorcha are travelling in a blue MG registered number 02D 13074.

Anyone with information is asked to dial 999 or 112.

Gardaí say please do not approach those involved, instead immediately dial 999 or 112.