Man injured following suspected homophobic attack on Dame Lane
A man sustained serious injuries in a suspected homophobic attack after a Gay Pride parade event in Dublin.
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.
Gardaí do not believe that the attacker was known to the victim prior to the assault.
Gardaí are looking at a number of different enquiries - including the possibility it was a homophobic attack.
Detectives hope to speak to the victim soon as he recovers.
A suspect for the attack is known to gardaí and the man was being sought for questioning by gardaí last night.
The victim was rushed by ambulance to the nearby St James's Hospital in the south inner city.
He was later transferred to Beaumont Hospital, which specialises in treatment for head injuries.
He was in a critical condition initially - however, his condition has since improved and stabilised. He is expected to recover from his injuries.
Gardaí are appealing for witnesses to the violent attack to come forward.
A garda spokesperson said: "Gardaí were alerted to the discovery of an unconscious man by a member of the public at about 11.30pm.
"The man in his late 30s was found with serious head injuries, close to the entrance of a pub on Dame Lane."
"Medical assistance was sought and the man was taken to St James's Hospital and has since been transferred to Beaumont where he remains in a serious condition," said the garda spokesman.
Gardaí 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 the brigade's ambulance service dealt with a number of assault victims in the city centre on Saturday night.
Spokespersons for a number of organisations representing the Gay, Lesbian, and Transgender community said last night they were unaware of any attacks that had a homophobic aspect on Saturday night.