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English tourist critical after one-punch assault in Dublin and man stabbed in Donegal

The 24-year-old victim had been socialising with friends in the area when it is understood they were approached by another male.

St James's Hospital in Dublin

Robin Schiller and Stephen Maguire

AN English tourist was in a critical condition in hospital last night after being punched in the head in the city centre over the weekend.

A man in his 30s will appear in court today in relation to the incident, which happened on D'Olier Street at around 2.30am on Sunday.

The 24-year-old victim had been socialising with friends in the area when it is understood they were approached by another male.

During a row, the English man was struck once in the head before falling to the ground.

He was treated at the scene before being rushed to St James's Hospital, where he remains in a critical condition.

The man, who is from London, is being treated for serious head injuries.

His family have been notified and are understood to have travelled to Dublin yesterday.

An investigation was launched and gardaí, with the help of witnesses and good quality CCTV footage from the area, identified a suspect.

In the early hours of yesterday morning they applied for a court warrant to search the suspect's Kildare home.

He was arrested during a follow-up operation and detained on suspicion of assault.

Gardaí questioned the man for several hours and he was charged in relation to the assault yesterday afternoon.

He is expected to appear before Dublin District Court at the Criminal Courts of Justice, Parkgate Street, this morning.

A garda spokesman said they are continuing to appeal for witnesses or anyone with footage to come forward.

A forensic examination of the scene has also been completed as part of the garda inquiry.

It is the latest serious assault in Dublin city centre in recent weeks.

The previous weekend, Evan Somers (23) was assaulted on Dame Street and left with a fractured eye socket and a dislocated ankle.

The rugby player said he was confronted by a stranger who called him a f****t before attacking him.

Less than an hour earlier, an Italian man was assaulted nearby by a group in an unprovoked attack.

Meanwhile, a man aged in his 20s is in a serious condition in hospital after being stabbed in Co Donegal.

He was attacked in the Emmet Park area of Castlefin just before midnight on Saturday. A man in his 30s was arrested at the scene and questioned at Letterkenny Garda Station.

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