Monday 24 July 2017

Woman stabbed in the neck during attempted mugging outside Archbishop's House

The scene in Drumcondra
The scene in Drumcondra
Cathal McMahon

Cathal McMahon

A woman has been taken to hospital after she was stabbed in the neck during an attempted mugging outside the Archbishop's House in Dublin this evening.

Independent.ie has learned that the victim (36) was approached near the home of Dublin Archbishop Diarmuid Martin in Drumcondra by another female at approximately 6.15pm.

The attacker demanded that the woman hand over her handbag before stabbing the innocent victim.

She was stabbed in the neck during the incident.

Emergency services were called and the victim was brought to the nearby Mater Hospital.

Her injuries are not believed to be life threatening.

Gardai are investigating the stabbing of a woman during an attempted mugging in Drumcondra, Dublin. Picture: Arthur Carron
Gardai are investigating the stabbing of a woman during an attempted mugging in Drumcondra, Dublin. Picture: Arthur Carron

Noel Rock, TD for Dublin North West, said: "This is a dreadful unprovoked attack in a normally peaceful part of the city.

"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."

The Fine Gael TD said: "Gardai 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.

"My sympathies go to the victim and I hope she makes a full recovery."

No arrests were made and a Garda spokesperson confirmed that they are appealing for witnesses to contact them in Mountjoy station.

The incident happened while commuters were travelling home from the city this evening.

The area, on the busy Drumcondra road, has been sealed off for a forensic examination.

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