A 24-year-old man is fighting for his life today after he was savagely assaulted and left for dead at the Grand Canal.
Convicted drug dealer Wayne King remains in an induced coma at the Mater Hospital where he is being treated for severe head injuries and knife lacerations.
The low-level criminal, who is originally from Dorset Street, was set upon by a gang of men at the rear of Shandon Park, Phibsboro, on Monday afternoon.
Gardai believe that the victim, who is currently living in the Finglas area, was lured to the remote location and violently set upon by a group of thugs.
Sources say that he is well known to gardai for minor offences related to drugs.
His most serious conviction dates from 2006, when he was fined €1,750 for possession of heroin for sale or supply in Phibsboro a year earlier.
Gardai are probing whether he was targeted over a small drugs debt. A full technical examination took place at the scene at waste ground on the bank of the Royal Canal at the rear of Shandon Park.
Officers brought Mr King to hospital after he was found shortly after 3.30pm on Monday.
Minutes earlier a passer-by had discovered Mr King lying in a bramble bush, at the rear of St Finbarr's GAA club.
Apart from severe head injuries, the victim had a broken nose and a broken arm as well as multiple cuts to his legs, body and head.
"This was a very savage assault and gardai are appealing for witnesses," said a source.
Gardai are appealing for witnesses to this assault or to anyone who may have noticed anything unusual or suspicious in the area between 9am and 3.30pm yesterday to contact Mountjoy Garda Station on 01-6668600, the Garda confidential telephone line on 1800 666 111 or any garda station.