'No motive' in stabbing of stag party city tourists
Two British tourists in Dublin for a stag weekend were brutally stabbed in a vicious and unprovoked attack.
The men, aged 36 and 38, were walking in Blessington Street, Dublin 7, at 1am yesterday when a man in his 30s struck up a conversation with them.
Moments later, he stabbed them in the stomach and fled.
The men were taken to nearby Mater Hospital, where they were treated for their wounds.
A Garda spokesman said the attack appears to be random and unprovoked.
He said the men were not robbed and there was no apparent motive for the assault.
Dublin Lord Mayor Micheal Mac Donncha said he was shocked to learn of the attack.
"It was an appalling attack and of grave concern that something like this could happen," he said.
Dublin city councillor Ciaran Cuffe, who lives in the Arbour Hill area near the scene of the stabbings, said he was appalled by the incident.
"I'm horrified to hear of these attacks," he said.
"We do have a strong gardai presence on the streets of the inner city due to the gangland situation.
"I hope the attacker is caught and jailed.
"The fact the victims were both tourists is also disconcerting.
"This isn't good for the city's image and I hope it won't damage Dublin's reputation," he added.
"In general, compared to other cities, we're not unsafe and I'd hate to send out a message that we're not a safe city," said Mr Cuffe.
The area where the stabbing took place houses a large number of hostels and tourist accommodation and is a short walk to the heart of the city.
The injuries received by the tourists are not believed to be life-threatening.