Gang of eight attack man with hammer
A man was savagely attacked by an eight-strong gang he claimed were trying to extort money from him.
Last night gardai were trying to track down the thugs, who were armed with knives and a hammer, while the victim, 46-year-old John Murtagh, was recovering from his injuries in hospital.
Mr Murtagh was set upon by the gang at Constitution Hill flats complex in Dublin's north inner city shortly after 9pm on Thursday.
Officers from the Bridewell station sped to the scene after they were alerted about the attack and found Mr Murtagh being helped by shocked neighbours.
The bloodstained scene was sealed off for forensic examination while gardai carried out door-to-door inquiries.