A savage knife attack in Dublin city centre may be linked to the activities of dangerous Triad gangs.
A 39-year-old Chinese man was recovering in St James's Hospital last night from horrific injuries he received in the attack which happened at Lincoln Lane near the Smithfield area in the early hours of yesterday morning.
He was stabbed multiple times in the face, chest and arms in the horror attack, which happened some time between 11.30pm and 1.30am.
The victim, who lives in the Dorset Street area, has not provided gardai with a formal statement about the attack.
However, investigations by officers based at the Bridewell Garda Station established the location of the assault.
A detailed forensic examination of the scene was carried out and sources say that the victim lost a huge amount of blood in the attack.
"It is not known how many people attacked this man, but he is lucky to be alive after being stabbed so many times," a source told the Herald.
Triad gang attacks are rare in Ireland but there have been incidents which gardai have linked to gang activity.
The sheer brutality of Triad gangs could be seen in a terrifying incident at Capel Street in Dublin's north inner city almost four years ago when six gang members attacked two Chinese nationals in a cash dispute.
An array of weapons, including knives, a hammer and a machete, were used in the attack, which happened at 2am on October 26, 2012.
The victims in the case - who were badly injured in the attack - were so terrified that they refused to co-operate with the garda investigation.
The Asian gangs, which also have a major presence across the UK and Europe, have been operating in Ireland for over 40 years.
Through an extremely secretive operation, the gangs have grown into a major force in the Irish underworld.
A garda investigation, codenamed Operation Wireless, focused attention on the role Triad gangs have in the cultivation of cannabis in grow-houses across the country and led to a number of convictions.