Woman questioned after man left critical is daughter of convicted murderer

Attack: The 27-year-old has been left fighting for his life after the assault
Attack: The 27-year-old has been left fighting for his life after the assault

A WOMAN being questioned by gardai about a savage attack that has left a 27-year-old man clinging to life with serious head injuries is the daughter of a convicted murderer.

Wayne Fitzgerald from Ennis, Co Clare, remained in an induced coma at Cork University Hospital last night as a major garda investigation into the savage assault he suffered continued.

Mr Fitzgerald was one of four people who were in a property at Knockhill on the Ennis Road in Limerick city in the early hours of Wednesday morning, the Herald reports. 

Gardai were alerted to the incident a number of hours later and the badly injured victim was discovered outside an apartment block.

After initially being brought to the University Hospital Limerick, Mr Fitzgerald was transferred to Cork Universtiy Hospital where his condition remains critical.

"This unfortunate young man will be very lucky if he pulls through. It does not look good for him at all," a source said last night.

A 24-year-old woman was arrested at around 10pm on Wednesday as part of the investigation and was taken into custody at Mayorstone Garda Station for questioning in connection with the serious assault.

Gardai are investigating whether the woman acted on her own in the course of the assault. No-one else who was in the property is suspected of any involvement in the incident.

It is understood that no weapon was used in the attack.

The arrested woman's father is serving a life sentence for a savage attack in which another man was stabbed almost 40 times after the two men had got into a row.

Once jailed, the killer was disciplined by jail bosses for attempting to smuggle cannabis into prison and he has had other disciplinary issues while serving his sentence.

Meanwhile, a motive for Wednesday morning's assault has not yet been established but it is not linked to organised crime.

Gardai in Limerick have had huge success in battling organised crime in the city in recent years, but sources say a number of "flash points" are now emerging again, and young gangsters are being closely monitored.