Gardai appeal for witnesses to two Temple Bar stabbings

Gardai are looking for the public's help with two incidents in the city centre on Saturday
Gardai are looking for the public's help with two incidents in the city centre on Saturday

Gardaí at Pearse St. are appealing for witnesses following two stabbing incidents in Dublin city centre on Saturday.

In a statement the Gardia said:

At approximately 7.30pm a male aged in his mid 20s was approached and assaulted by a group of youths on Fleet Street.

He sustained stab injuries to his side and face during the incident.

He was removed by ambulance to St. James Hospital where he continues to receive treatment.

His condition is not believed to be life threatening.

In a second incident, a short time later, a male aged in his early 30s was approached and assaulted by two males outside a night club on Cope Street.

The man fled from his assailants onto Anglesea St. where he sustained a number of stab wounds to his abdomen and face.

He was also removed by Ambulance to St James Hospital. His condition is understood to be serious.
Investigating Gardaí are appealing for witnesses to contact the incident room at Pearse St. Garda Station.

No arrests have been made to date and Gardaí are continuing to review CCTV in the area as one of a number of lines of enquiry.

Technical and forensic examinations at each of the scenes have been completed.

A local business owner described the scene in Dublin's central tourist hub of Temple Bar as one of "absolute chaos" on Saturday night.

"It was absolutely disgraceful here on Saturday night.

"It was just full of scumbags running around and destroying the place.

"There were people out trying to enjoy themselves but a small group of people were just causing trouble as usual," the man said.

"It was absolute chaos, unfortunately," he added.

The area has previously come under the spotlight with gangs of teenagers carrying out anti-social acts and engaging in criminal behaviour.

In March, it was announced that a public safety unit would be drafted in to support the work of on-the-beat gardaí amid fears the problem of teen gangs operating in the capital's cultural quarter had escalated, along with out-of-control drinking.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Pearse St. Garda Station 01 6669000 or the Garda Confidential Line 1800 666 111.