Raiders who launched hammer attack on shopkeeper caught on CCTV
Kevin Tansey in a serious but stable condition in hospital
A shopkeeper who was attacked at his North Dublin shop on Saturday morning remains in hospital this afternoon.
Kevin Tansey (44) was struck in the head with a hammer at his newsagent's on Fitzmaurice Road, Glasnevin yesterday.
The victim was rushed to Beaumont Hospital with a suspected skull fracture and sources said he remains in a serious but stable condition this afternoon.
Members of his family told Independent.ie he will make a recovery.
A friend of the family posted a message on Facebook: "Hi neighbours and friends, I never normally do this but I feel I have to AGAIN, just an update on Kevin Tansey, he is doing well so keep the prayers and the fairy today he's going to make a full recovery as of this morning. Please refrain from getting involved in negative rumours."
Two men, with their faces covered, entered the popular store at approximately 8.15am on Saturday.
Once inside the pair are believed to have threatened Mr Tansey before one of the men struck the shopkeeper with the hammer.
The pair fled in a white saloon type car in the direction of Glasilawn Road. Nothing was stolen in the incident.
Local TD Noel Rock said: "My thoughts are with Kevin and his family and I hope he has a full and fast recovery. From speaking with people in the community, there is a huge amount of shock at just how savage this attack was.
"Everybody wants to see the thugs who carried this out caught and off our streets as soon as possible, so I would urge anybody with any information to come forward to Gardai."
Gardaí are appealing for anyone who was in the area between 8am and 8.20am, or has any information, to contact them at the incident room in Finglas on 01-6667500, or the Garda confidential Line 1800-666-111 or any Garda station.