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A 14-year-old boy has been charged in connection with a knife attack that led to an office cleaner needing life-saving surgery after she was stabbed in the neck.

The teenager had been in garda custody since his arrest on Thursday night.

The 48-year-old victim remained yesterday in a critical condition in the Mater Hospital following the attack on Wednesday night.

A garda spokesman said the teen will appear in court later this morning.

"The juvenile arrested in relation to the serious assault that occurred on the pedestrian walkway, between Georges Dock and Custom House Quay, IFSC, Dublin 1 on Wednesday night 20th January, 2021 has been charged.

"He is due to appear before the Criminal Courts of Justice this morning, Saturday 23rd January 2021."

Gardai believe the attack happened near the CHQ building.

A lone male on a bicycle approached the woman, who was walking home from work, and demanded money.

He then stabbed her without warning before fleeing empty-handed.

Despite her injuries, which resulted in considerable loss of blood, the woman was able to call emergency services from her mobile phone.

Gardaí and ambulance personnel were quickly on the scene, and she was rushed to the Mater Hospital where she underwent life-saving surgery.

The area has "excellent quality CCTV", and detectives were able to make rapid progress in their investigations.

"This lady is very, very lucky to be alive," a source said.

"The area was deserted at the time because of all the travel restrictions."

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