Gardai wait to speak to victim of city beating
Gardai are trying to establish a motive for the savage attack on a man, who was left unconscious on a suburban road.
Officers were last night waiting for the medical go-ahead to interview Fergus Walsh, who sustained a serious wound to his head.
Mr Walsh, who is in his late 30s, was discovered on the footpath at Lorcan Avenue in Santry, north Dublin, at 5.40am on Wednesday.
Inquiries are now under way to establish whether the brutal assault took place on the path or at his home nearby and forensic tests have been carried out at both locations.
They are also trying to find out whether the most serious injury arose directly from the assault or if he hit his head on the ground when he was struck.
Mr Walsh had been in an induced coma since being admitted to Beaumont hospital but his condition last night was said to have improved.
Detectives have already spoken to members of his family and a number of acquaintances, who had been in his company earlier that morning.
A motive for the attack has not yet been confirmed.
Gardai have appealed to anyone who spotted a man lying on the ground at Lorcan Avenue between 5am and 5.40am on Wednesday to contact them at Santry station, telephone 01 6664000, or on the confidential line, 1800 666111.
Initial fears that an attempt to set him on fire during the attack have been ruled out.