Professor appeals for information after son left 'catastrophically disfigured' in city centre attack
The son of a well-known medical professor was "catastrophically disfigured" in an assault in Dublin city centre.
Professor Stephen Cusack, a well-respected expert on emergency medicine at UCC, hit out on social media about the attack, which happened on Dame Lane at around 1.30am on Monday.
He told the Irish Independent that his son Andrew had asked him not to say any more about the vicious assault publicly, but that he was appealing for any witnesses to contact investigating gardaí.
However, he explained his son was set upon by a thug and attacked with a glass or a glass bottle.
"Our son was catastrophically disfigured by an evil thug in Dublin Sunday/Monday night on Dame Street Any info to Pearse St Garda," he wrote on Twitter.
Prof Cusack asked his followers to re-tweet the news in the hope of alerting witnesses to come forward.
He received a flurry of support from his followers, who reacted in disgust to what happened.
"Horrified to hear about Andrew. Hope he's doing ok - long road ahead of him," follower Brian Mulcahy wrote.
"[I] am so so sorry to hear this terrible news," Ciara Kelly said.
"All best wishes to your family & the front line staff who care for us all day, every day," said another.
Following the messages of support online, Prof Cusack thanked his followers along with Dublin Fire Brigade (DFB), who treated his son.
He also thanked the staff of St James's Hospital and his plastic surgeon colleagues for their care.
"My tweet was to urge anyone with info to go to the guards. My son has asked that I don't speak further, I have to respect that," Prof Cusack told the Irish Independent.
Gardaí have confirmed they are investigating an assault which took place on a man in his early 20s after 1am on May 2.
The attack was at Dame Lane and the man suffered serious injuries to his face.
Anyone with information can contact the garda confidential line at 1800 666111, or any garda station.