An inquest into the death of a four-year-old girl, who died when a fireplace frame fell on her at a new house in Co Tipperary, has returned a verdict of accidental death.

The child, who was in foster care, was playing in the kitchen of the family's new home on 21 October 2017 and was in the view of her foster mother.

The girl then went into the sitting room with two boys who were in the house when her mother heard a bang.

The woman ran into the room to find the little girl bleeding as she lay on the floor with the wooden fireplace frame lying around her.

She shouted to a babysitter, who was also in the house, to call an ambulance as she cradled the child's head.

She thought there was some movement in the child's leg and ambulance personnel advised her to do CPR.

Two ambulances arrived at the house and took the child to hospital, but she was pronounced dead on arrival.

Pathologist Dr Gabor Lsaskai said the child had died from a fractured skull and associated bleeding.

He said very little could have been done, such was the severity of the injury, and she died very suddenly.

Limerick Coroner John McNamara returned a verdict of accidental death in line with the medical evidence.

He said it was a devastating and traumatic set of circumstances for the family and said there was nothing the child's foster mother could have done.

It was a new house where children were playing and it was impossible to keep an eye on them all the time.

A representative of Tusla addressed the hearing expressing its concerns about identifying the child and the foster parents.

The coroner said it was an open hearing and he had no role to direct the media about the parties being named.