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Man arrested over vicious knife attack on Dublin solicitor

Gardai were today questioning a man in his 30s over a savage attack that left a Dublin solicitor fighting for her life.

Violet Quigley (44) was on a life-support machine in Dublin's Beaumont Hospital after suffering multiple stab wounds to her legs, stomach, arms and side and wounds to the head when she disturbed a knife-wielding burglar.

She lost a lot of blood in the attack and is still recovering three months later.

The unmarried solicitor, who works for the ESB, lives alone at Donaghmede Park, north Dublin.

The man is being held at Ballymun Garda Station in connection with the incident after being arrested at his home in north Dublin. He can be held for 24 hours.

Ms Quigley was viciously attacked by a hooded man while she lay in bed in the early hours of yesterday morning.

Gardai investigating the case are following a definite line of inquiry and believe the man knew his victim.

After the attack on April 7, Ms Quigley's parents Teresa and Michael said that they had asked their daughter to stay with them after an earlier break-in, but she refused.

"She was too brave," her mother Teresa said.

She said that Ms Quigley had just received a quote to change the locks on the house after the last break-in on advice from gardai.

Teresa Quigley made an emotional plea for anyone with information to come forward.

"I can't sleep, she is such a lovely girl, why would anybody do this to her?" she said.

"They didn't take anything -- why did they do this?"

Neighbours raised the alarm after seeing two men enter her house at around 12.30am.

However, the men escaped before gardai arrived at the scene. It is not clear if they had earlier managed to steal the keys to the house.

An injured Ms Quigley told locals she had been attacked with a claw hammer. She also had wounds that appeared to have been caused by a blade.