GARDAI are hunting a sex attacker who carried out a serious assault on a young woman close to a city centre apartment block.
The violent attack took place as the woman returned to her apartment home on Dublin's north quays in the early hours after a night out.
The woman did not know her attacker, the Herald understands.
Detectives at Bridewell Garda Station are carrying out the investigation of the attack, which occurred near the Arran Quay apartment complex on Church Street at around 3am on Saturday.
Officers are appealing for witnesses and are hopeful that there may have been taxis or pedestrians in the area who may have witnessed the incident. The attack occurred in a public area close to the apartment block itself, it is understood.
It was believed that the victim was returning home from a night out when she was set upon by a male.
Gardai are currently looking at CCTV footage from the area and are interviewing witnesses but no "usable" description of the attacker has been established at this point.
The victim was brought to the Mater Hospital following the attack, and underwent treatment for injuries there at the weekend.
A garda spokesperson said: "We are seeking the public's assistance in the investigation into a serious assault on a female.
"We are investigating all the circumstances surrounding this attack and are appealing for anyone who witnessed the incident or anything suspicious in the Church Street area on Saturday morning to come forward."
Anyone who may have information is asked to contact the Bridewell Garda Station on 01-6668200, the Garda Confidential Line on 1800 666 111 or any garda station.