Woman escapes attack while on her way to work
A young woman on her way to work narrowly escaped serious injury during an early-morning assault in a Dublin suburb.
The attack took place in Swords shortly before 7am yesterday when the woman, aged in her 30s, was assaulted by an unknown man.
She managed to escape from her attacker and a cyclist was able to help her.
It is understood the victim escaped with minor injuries but was left "very shaken" by the incident.
A source said gardai did not know whether the motivation for the attack was a sexual assault or a robbery.
CCTV in the area has been collected and is being examined by officers investigating the incident.
The attacker has been described as a man wearing a grey hoodie.
The area is close to a number of businesses and is usually busy with traffic.
Gardai are appealing for witnesses to the incident or to people who may have seen a man matching the attacker's description in the area to get in touch.
"Gardai would like anyone who was in the area of the R132, particularly between Balheary Road and Seatown Roundabout, to contact them at Swords Garda Station on 01 666 4700," a spokesman said.
Local Independent councillor Justin Sinnott said he has been fighting for an increase in garda numbers in the area.
"What strikes me most of all is we're seeing an incremental increase in that type of crime and it comes down to the fact that resources in the guards, especially in north Dublin, are very, very stretched," he said.
"When you see incidents like this, it does come back to how are we detecting this type of crime and are we resourcing the police enough?"
He said he has been receiving an increasing number of complaints about minor crimes, which he fears feed into bigger incidents such as yesterday's attack.
"It's having a kind of a snowball effect that is concerning and incidents like this are deeply concerning. It's really troubling," said Mr Sinnott.