A murder investigation is under way after a man died in frenzied stabbing at an apartment in Drogheda.
Our dramatic pictures show paramedics battling to save the 32-year-old victim. Tragically, he lost his fight for life at St Vincent's Hospital in Dublin this morning.
His 30-year-old partner is in a stable condition in hospital after she was stabbed in the stomach.
The attacker, who was known to the couple, reportedly attacked the pair because he was unhappy with the nature of their relationship.
A 30-year-old man was arrested in Drogheda late last night and is being held at Drogheda Garda Station under Section 4 of the Criminal Justice Act.
A detailed description of the attacker was distributed to garda stations across Dublin city after fears emerged that he had fled to the capital.
The two victims are originally from Pakistan but have been living in Ireland for some time.
The shocking incident took place at the Fitzwilliam Court apartment complex on Dyer Street in Drogheda, Co Louth, shortly after 2pm. Within minutes of the attacker arriving at the apartment, it is understood that a row erupted and the two were stabbed.
When an ambulance crew arrived on the scene they found the male victim with a gaping six-inch knife wound to his chest before he was miraculously resuscitated. He was taken directly to the operating theatre when he arrived by ambulance at Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital in Drogheda.
But the man was later rushed from the Drogheda hospital to St Vincent's Hospital in Dublin when he underwent surgery again last night as doctors fought to save his life.
The man succumbed to his injuries in the early hours of this morning.
A 30-year-old woman was also stabbed in the stomach and was taken to hospital.
Her condition was described as "stable".
A detailed search of the apartment and grounds nearby failed to find the weapon.
Detectives are trying to determine how the attacker fled the scene following the incident without being spotted.
Anybody with information can contact Drogheda Garda Station, or the confidential telephone line, 1800 666111.
Meanwhile, gardai in Meath have also launched a murder enquiry in Meath after a 25-year-old Polish man was stabbed to death during a row at a secluded house outside the village of Rathmolyon in Meath.
Polish national David Maurz died after being stabbed while he socialised with six other Polish nationals at the house.
Gardai discovered Mr Maurz's body with a stab wound to his chest after being alerted to the detached bungalow at around 1am yesterday.
The victim had only been in Ireland for a short time and had been working as a mechanic.