A MAN has died after being stabbed in a frenzied attack outside a fast-food premises on North Strand Road in Dublin's north inner city.
The victim, who has been named locally as David 'Gummy' Sheridan (45), received multiple wounds to the abdomen, chest and back in the stabbing at 10.45pm last night.
He is from the nearby Dublin 1 area and has had several addresses in the north inner city in recent years.
An advanced paramedic, an ambulance and a fire tender from Dublin Fire Brigade rushed to the man's aid but he went into cardiac arrest while being brought to the Mater Hospital close by.
Mr Sheridan underwent emergency surgery but his injuries were too severe and he was pronounced dead at the hospital at about 11:20am.
The scene of the attack remained sealed off by gardai today pending a forensic examination by members of the Garda Technical Bureau.
Black plastic sheeting could be seen on the ground outside two adjoining fast-food outlets, and another sheet was covering blood smears on the bonnet of a Toyota Avensis car parked outside.
A motive for the attack has yet to be established, and gardai are keeping an open mind on the matter.
Locals who knew Sheridan said they were shocked at the attack and described him as a "nice man who would go out of his way to help you".
He is believed to have a number of relatives within the north Dublin area but both his parents and a sister died in recent years.
Although no arrests have been made, gardai say they are following a definite line of inquiry in their investigation
The stabbing followed an altercation within Luigi's chip shop, which spilled out onto the street.
Gardai are appealing for any witnesses to the attack to come forward, including anyone who may have been in the chip shop and saw an argument develop, or anyone who was on the street around the time of the attack.
Detectives at Mountjoy Garda Station are also examining CCTV footage as part of their investigations today.
Anyone with any information is asked to contact Mountjoy gardai at 01 6668600 or on the Garda Confidential Line on 1800 666111.