Woman "smashed with hammer after refusing to give man chips"
These shocking images show the aftermath of an alleged assault on a women in broad daylight.
It is believed that the woman was attacked with a claw hammer just yards away from the entrance to one of the country's biggest hospitals, St James's.
The graphic images, captured on James Street in Dublin 8, show the woman's bloodied face as she is helped by paramedics.
Blood is streaming down her face and she is surrounded by a pool of blood, the remnants of which could still be seen on the pavement last night.
A small crowd watched on as the woman was forced to lie down on the street while she was tended to by medical staff from Lifeline Ambulance Services.
Her wounds were bandaged by the roadside during rush-hour traffic across from the busy hospital.
The shocking incident occurred on Friday at around 5.30pm.
Reports have emerged that the woman was attacked on the busy city centre street by a man with a hammer.
A witness said: "The woman was in the chipper. She walked out and headed in the direction of Mount Brown when a navy/grey-coloured car pulled up and a man jumped out of the passenger side.
"He ran at the woman and swung what looked like a small claw hammer two or three times until he made contact - her hands were raised.
"She then fell to the ground where the man tried to kick her but missed, so he stood on her head two times and jumped back into the car. They then drove off."
It is not clear if the woman knew her attacker, but a witness said she was "calling the name of her attacker" after the incident.
The medical staff who first attended the scene were passing by in a vehicle used to carry transplant organs when they were flagged down to help the wounded woman.
Due to the fact that the woman had suffered blows to the head it was decided not to bring her in the car to the nearby hospital, as there was no stretcher available.
Moving her may have caused further damage if the woman had received neck injuries during the assault.
An ambulance arrived on the scene after 30 minutes and the woman's care was passed over to those paramedics.
It is not known if she was hospitalised following the incident.
Former Lord Mayor Criona Ni Dhalaigh, who has represented the area for a number of years, expressed her shock at the incident.
"I wish the woman a speedy recovery. I'm shocked that such a horrific attack took place in broad daylight and anyone with information should contact gardai," she said.
A local worker said that the woman had been served food in a nearby chipper after the incident.
After the attack the woman was "screaming", the worker said, but it was still unclear to on people in the area what had occurred at that stage.
A source told the Herald that gardai attending another incident in the area were informed that a women had injured herself in a fall and called for an ambulance.
No formal investigation had been launched by gardai last night.
A garda spokesperson said there was no record of an assault in the area on Friday evening, but that they were aware of the incident and were making inquiries to determine if an assault took place.