Woman arrested over knife attack outside Archbishop's House
A woman has been arrested in connection with a knife attack on a female pedestrian in Dublin earlier this week.
The 36-year-old victim was stabbed in the neck after the female mugger demanded that she hand over her handbag on Lower Drumcondra Road on Tuesday.
It is understood that the victim, believed to be a civil servant, had been making her way home from work when the attack took place shortly before 5.30pm.
A garda on routine patrol came upon her and raised the alarm.
Officers had been following a definite line of enquiry and a woman was arrested in Tallaght last night, shortly before 10pm in connection with the investigation.
She was later transferred to Mountjoy Garda Station where she is being held under Section 4 of the Criminal Justice Act, 1984. She can be held for up to 24 hours.
The victim was taken to the Mater Hospital after the assault where she was treated for her injuries.
This morning gardaí have confirmed that she was discovered by an officer on patrol in the area.
"The prompt action of Gardaí on foot patrol, who assisted the injured woman, greatly assisted in this early arrest," a spokesperson confirmed.
Archbishop Diarmuid Martin has described the incident as "tragic".
"It's very sad to realise that someone just walking home from work would be attacked like that. I sincerely hope the woman will be OK. It's a tragic event," he said.
Noel Rock, Fine Gael TD for Dublin North West, called for a heightened Garda presence in the area.
"This is a dreadful, unprovoked attack in a normally peaceful part of the city," said Mr Rock.
"It's simply not good enough that someone can't walk down one of the main pedestrian routes in our city in the early evening for fear of this kind of incident.
"Gardaí need to improve their presence in Drumcondra, and the city council must improve the lighting here as soon as possible. It's pitch black in parts."