A young pharmacist has been brutally attacked in a stabbing incident in the pharmacy where he works.
The victim, who is in his 30s, was working alone in the Cottage Pharmacy, Scarlet Street, Drogheda, Co Louth, at the time of the incident.
A man entered the premises at around 8.30am yesterday and stabbed the pharmacist in the abdomen with a pair of scissors a short time later.
The victim was rushed to Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital in the town, where he was being treated for serious injuries.
Gardaí responding to the incident arrested a man in his 30s in a graveyard close to the scene.
Gardaí said last night that a man is due to appear before a sitting of Dundalk District Court this morning charged in connection with the investigation.
Responding to the attack, the Irish Pharmacy Union, which is the representative body for 2,100 community pharmacists, wished the injured pharmacist a speedy recovery.
"Our thoughts are with our colleague, his family and the wider pharmacy community in Drogheda and we wish him a speedy recovery," it said.