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Thursday 8 December 2016

Man fighting for life as four stabbed in Temple Bar on 'night of chaos'

Cope Street, Temple Bar, where a man in his 30s was stabbed a number of times and is in a critical condition at St James' Hospital
Cope Street, Temple Bar, where a man in his 30s was stabbed a number of times and is in a critical condition at St James' Hospital
Cope Street, Temple Bar, where a man in his 30s was stabbed a number of times and is in a critical condition at St James' Hospital

FOUR men were hospitalised after a series of stabbing and glassing incidents in the capital's busiest tourist district on Saturday night.

The men received various facial and head injuries after suffering stab wounds from knives and broken bottles in what one local business owner described as a "night of absolute chaos".

In one incident, a 32-year-old man has been left fighting for his life after being stabbed several times outside the Club M nightclub on Cope Street at approximately 7.30pm.

It is understood that the man was stabbed several times in the back after he attempted to intervene in a fight between two other males.

Gardai sealed off the lane as they interviewed witnesses while a garda forensic team examined the scene.

The victim was rushed to St James's Hospital, where he is understood to be in a critical condition.

Gardai from Pearse Street are examining CCTV footage but no arrests have yet been made.

Officers are trying to establish if the serious attack is linked to another stabbing that occurred nearby at around the same time. A man was assaulted with a knife as he stood outside a pub on Fleet Street.

The 24-year-old was stabbed in the head and chest during the attack, which happened at around 7.45pm.

The victim was also rushed to St James's Hospital where he was described as being in a stable condition.

Two men were also stabbed later in the evening, with the attacks related to one another.

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Cope Street, Temple Bar, where a man in his 30s was stabbed a number of times and is in a critical condition at St James' Hospital

A man is alleged to have been attacked with a pocket knife on Temple Bar Square, suffering a gash to his face.

The perpetrator was then followed and assaulted a short distance away on Crown Alley, outside the Bad Ass Cafe.

He was attacked with a glass bottle and struck in the face.

A local business owner described the scene in Dublin's central tourist hub as one of "absolute chaos".

"It was absolutely disgraceful here on Saturday night.

"It was just full of scumbags running around and destroying the place. There were people out trying to enjoy themselves but a small group of people were just causing trouble as usual," the man said.

"It was absolute chaos unfortunately," he added.

The area, located in the DMR South Central B District, has previously come under the spotlight with gangs of teens carrying out anti-social and criminal behaviour.

In March it was announced that a public safety unit would be introduced to support the work of on-the-beat gardai as the problem of teen gangs has escalated in the capitals cultural quarter.

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