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Man arrested in connection with vicious attack on Dublin's Dame Lane

Dame Lane
Dame Lane

A man has been arrested in connection with an attack that took place last Saturday night on Dame Lane and left the victim unconscious.

Gardai investigating an assault on Dame Lane that occurred late Saturday night have arrested a man.

The male, who is in his late 20s, was arrested in the Dublin city area this morning.

He is currently detained at Pearse Street garda station, under the provisions of Section 4 of The Criminal Justice Act 1984.

The male in his 30s who was assaulted remains in Beaumont Hospital, in what is described as a serious condition.

The victim was attacked shortly after leaving a pub in the Dame Lane area of Dublin's city centre at around 11.30pm on Saturday.

The victim, said to be in his late 30s, had attended the hugely successful Gay Pride event in the city earlier in the day.

It is understood that he encountered his attacker on Dame Lane and was struck once, falling to the pavement.

Gardai do not believe that the attacker was known to the victim prior to the assault.

Gardai are looking at a number of different enquiries - including the possibility that it was a homophobic attack.

Detectives hope to speak to the victim as soon as he recovers.

The victim was rushed by ambulance to the nearby St James's Hospital in the south inner city following the attack.

He was later transferred to Beaumont Hospital, which specialises in treatment for head injuries.

Gardai are appealing for witnesses to the violent attack to come forward.

A garda spokesperson said: "Gardai were alerted to the discovery of an unconscious man by a member of the public at about 11.30pm (on Saturday night).

"The man in his late 30s was found with serious head injuries, close to the entrance of a pub on Dame Lane."

Gardai are appealing for anyone who was in the very popular Dame Lane area between 11pm and 12 midnight on Saturday night to contact them at Pearse Street garda station on 01 666 9000.

A source in Dublin Fire Brigade said that the brigade's ambulance service dealt with a number of assault victims in the city centre on Saturday night.