A MAN is in a critical condition in hospital after he was brutally attacked in a savage daylight stabbing in the middle of Dublin city centre during rush hour.
The shocking incident unfolded at around 6pm yesterday just yards from the steps of the landmark Central Bank building on Dame Street in front of horrified commuters.
Ian McKenna (27) was stabbed up to eight times in the frenzied incident when he was set upon by five other men.
He suffered a punctured lung in the stab attack.
The mob also punched, kicked him and “danced on his head” in the disturbing assault that lasted less than a minute.
The assault was caught on CCTV and gardai are now hunting for the five men who were directly involved in the attack as well as up to six other individuals who had been with the group directly before the stabbing.
The victim, who is from Ballyfermot, was transferred to St James's Hospital, where he is in a critical condition this morning but is expected to survive.
He is currently on temporary release from prison for a sentence for assault and is extremely well known to gardai with almost 80 previous criminal convictions.
A senior source said: “The scenes yesterday evening at the Central Bank Plaza were very disturbing to say the least especially because there were so many people in the area at the time.
“Fortunately the area is very well covered with CCTV and gardai are confident of catching the culprits.
“The injured party was the victim of a very bad assault and he was stabbed multiple times.”
It has emerged that McKenna had been in the area to meet up with other individuals. Gardai are working on the theory that he may have been the victim of a set-up by rival criminals.
firstname.lastname@example.org\[Claire Metherell\]The father-of-one from Carna Road, Ballyfermot, served only a few weeks of a nine month sentence imposed in July for assaulting a man in the Dorset Street area of the capital last October.
At a separate hearing in Dublin District Court last April, McKenna pleaded guilty to unauthorised taking of a vehicle and criminal damage at Palmerstown Avenue on January 14.
It emerged that he was drunk when he took the car and wrecked the householder's pillars and wall in an attempt to get away.
When gardai arrived a large group of residents were screaming and shouting at McKenna, who was sitting in the driver's seat.
He was very drunk and was aggressive to the gardai and members of the public.
Gardai saw the car had been hotwired, the door was pulled back and windows were smashed.
The court heard that McKenna had a “very difficult upbringing” and problems with alcohol and drugs.
He himself had developed an alcohol problem and had had a “relapse”, according to his defence solicitor.