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Friday 18 August 2017

North Dublin assault: Man (29) arrested by gardaí investigating death of 56-year-old

General view of Gardai forensics at scene on North Street, Swords, Dublin. Pic: Caroline Quinn
General view of Gardai forensics at scene on North Street, Swords, Dublin. Pic: Caroline Quinn
General view of Gardai forensics at scene on North Street, Swords, Dublin. Photo: Caroline Quinn

Alan O'Keeffe

Gardaí have made an arrest in connection with an investigation into the death of a 56-year-old man who was found unconscious on a north Dublin street in the early hours of Sunday morning.

The victim was found lying unconscious on concrete steps at North Street in Swords town shortly after 3am.

He received urgent medical attention but died at the scene.

A 29-year-old man was arrested this evening and is currently detained at Swords Garda Station.

Earlier the scene was sealed off for forensic investigations and the body of the man remained at the scene for a number of hours.

The victim was understood to have been found lying on steps leading to Fingal Community College.

General view of Gardai forensics at scene on North Street, Swords, Dublin. Pic: Caroline Quinn
General view of Gardai forensics at scene on North Street, Swords, Dublin. Pic: Caroline Quinn

Darragh O'Brien, Fianna Fail TD for Dublin Fingal, said his thoughts and prayers were with the family and friends of the victim.

"This is a very tragic incident, and while the full details of what happened aren't yet known, we all need to look after our friends on nights out," he said.

It is believed the assault began several metres from where the victim was found.  A number of places, including the area around a parking meter, were cordoned off.

Shortly before 11.30am, assistant State Pathologist Dr Margaret Bolster arrived in the town and was escorted to the scene by senior detectives.

A local hotel, a pub, and the local courthouse were among the venues placed off-limits by the extensive garda cordon.

Local people stood at the cordon today and expressed their shock and sadness at the violent death of the victim.

"It's terrible. He is some mother's son. It's dreadful how something like this can happen," said a 60-year-old mother of two.

Mother-of-four Bridget Carr (55) said "It's so sad.  Swords is a lovely place to live but it's awful how something like this can happen to someone on the streets of this town."

Gardai wish to appeal for witnesses who may have been in or around North Street between 1.30am and 3am this morning or to anyone who may had drove around the area and have ‘Dash Cam’ footage from their vehicle,  to contact Swords Garda Station on 01 6664700.

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