A YOUNG woman was raped as she attended a Christmas party in a south Dublin hotel.
Last night, gardai were investigating the savage attack.
The victim, in her 30s, has given a statement to gardai indicating how she was sexually assaulted between 1am and 3am on Saturday last.
She told how she had been enjoying herself with friends and work colleagues at a Christmas function in the hotel.
Some time after 1am, she went to the ladies' toilet and as she walked out again on her own she was forced back into a cubicle by a man.
She said the rape took place in the cubicle and after the attacker had fled she raised the alarm.
Gardai arrived on the scene and the woman was taken to the sexual assault unit at the Rotunda hospital where she was medically examined.
Officers have been examining CCTV footage taken from cameras around the hotel in an effort to identify the attacker and have also interviewed other partygoers who had been in the woman's company earlier in the night.