Two tourists visiting Dublin on stag stabbed in 'appalling' random city centre attack
Two British tourists who were visiting Dublin for a stag weekend were stabbed in an apparent random and unprovoked attack in the capital's north inner city.
The men, aged 36 and 38, were walking on Blessington Street in Dublin 7 around 1am yesterday when a man in his 30s approached them and struck up a conversation, according to gardaí.
He then stabbed both men in the stomach before fleeing.
The injured men were taken to the nearby Mater Hospital where they were treated for superficial stab wounds.
Their injuries are not believed to be life-threatening.
A Garda spokesman said the attack appeared to be completely unprovoked.
The men were not robbed and there was no apparent motive for the attack. The Garda investigation is continuing.
Dublin Lord Mayor Mícheál Mac Donncha said he was shocked to learn of the attack.
"It was an appalling attack and of grave concern that something like this could happen," he said.
Fellow Dublin city councillor Ciarán Cuffe, who lives in the Arbour Hill area near where the attack happened, said he was appalled by the incident.
"I'm horrified to hear of these attacks," he said. "We do have a strong Garda presence on the streets of the inner city due to the gangland situation. I hope these people will be caught and jailed."
The fact the victims were tourists is also disconcerting.
"This isn't good for Dublin's image and I hope this won't damage Dublin's reputation," said Mr Cuffe.
"In general, compared to other cities, we're not unsafe and I'd hate to send out a message that we're not a safe city."
The area where the stabbing took place houses a large number of hostels and tourist accommodation and is a short walk to the heart of the city.