Man fights for life after being hit in face with hatchet
A MAN who was struck in the face with a hatchet is a brother of the man convicted for shooting dead innocent Limerick rugby star Shane Geoghegan.
Paul Doyle (38) is fighting for his life in hospital after he was attacked at an apartment in Dublin's inner city in the early hours of yesterday.
His brother Barry, who acted as a hitman for the McCarthy-Dundon crime gang, is serving life in prison for killing Shane Geoghegan in November 2008.
Doyle's other brother Paddy, a notorious Dublin gangland fiugre, died in a hail of bullets in Spain in February 2008, when a black BMW X5 he was in was sprayed with gunfire in a gangland hit.
Mr Doyle is said to be in critical condition after an incident in the early hours of yesterday at the flat he shares with his girlfriend, Lorraine Donovan, at Kelly's Row, off Dorset Street Lower, in Dublin.
A man aged in his late 20s, understood to be Jonathan Donovan – a brother of the victim's girlfriend – was arrested by gardai investigating the savage assault and was detained for questioning.
It is believed a number of people had gathered at their home on Saturday evening.
An argument broke out later in the night, leading to the 38-year-old being struck with a hatchet.
He was slashed across the forehead, causing a deep wound as far as his ear, and is believed to have lost a significant amount of blood, a source said.
The Irish Independent was told people in the building had been walking up and down the communal stairs "all night".
At one stage, a person was heard saying "calm down, calm down".
A "scuffle" was heard to break out but nothing more was thought of it until later on when news emerged of the attack.
Kelly's Row is a laneway located between 20 and 21 Dorset Street Lower.
The flat where the attack happened is a two-bed in a block of six units above an adult store.
The victim was rushed by ambulance to the nearby Mater Hospital. But such was the serious nature of his head wounds, he was transferred to Beaumont Hospital for specialist treatment. He was listed in "critical" condition last night.
Loved ones were maintaining a vigil at the hospital.