Neighbours' horror as Bridie (72) is stabbed at front door in broad daylight
Reports of two men running from scene after incident in the capital
Gardaí are hunting for two men who viciously stabbed a widowed pensioner as she answered her front door in Dublin.
The 72-year-old woman was stabbed a number of times in her upper body after answering a call to her front door shortly after 9.30am yesterday.
Two men were seen running from the scene of the attack at Oranmore Road in Ballyfermot moments after the horrific incident.
Gardaí are following a number of lines of investigation and have appealed for witnesses. There was no evidence that robbery was a motive.
The victim, named locally as Bridie Smith, the mother of a grown-up family, was rushed to St James's Hospital were she was listed as being in a "critical condition".
It was not known if the woman was the intended target of the attack.
One of the lines of inquiry is the possibility that the stabbing of the elderly woman was connected to an ongoing feud in the area.
Another innocent elderly woman was assaulted in a violent incident and a number of people have appeared in the courts in relation to that assault.
Mrs Smith has been living in the area for several decades.
One of Mrs Smith's sons was in the house when she was attacked. He immediately called the emergency services.
Nobody has been arrested in relation to this latest attack.
Her home was sealed off with crime scene tape yesterday as a garda forensic team carried out an examination of the scene. The team removed a door handle from the front door and took it away for closer examination.
Residents in the Oranmore Road area of Ballyfermot expressed shock and sadness at the vicious stabbing of their elderly neighbour.
"I'm terribly shocked. The guards came to my door asking if I saw anything but I hadn't," said a 38-year-old mother of five.
"I'm just hoping she'll make a full recovery. She was the same age as my mam. It's terrible," she said.
"Another old woman was attacked down the road around a year ago."
A 72-year-old Ballyfermot woman said: "It's an awful thing to happen on New Year's Day. I'll be saying a prayer for her."
Local man Seamus Pender (59) said: "She has lived in the area for a long time. We heard that one of her sons may have been in bed at home when she was attacked.
"We're all very shocked. The family have been living here for a long time. The first I heard about it was when the guards came to the door asking if anyone had seen anything," said the father of one.
Local councillor Daithí Doolan said: "We really need to reach out and look after our elderly and vulnerable neighbours.
"Let's not let fear stalk the streets of Ballyfermot. Anybody with any little bit of information should contact the gardaí, no matter how small and insignificant they think it is," he said.
Investigating gardaí are appealing for anyone with information to contact Ballyfermot Garda Station on 01-666 7200, the Garda Confidential Line 1800 666 111 or any garda station.