One of the capital's most notorious rapists has claimed he was assaulted by two women after an early-morning row at his home.
Alan Kiernan (55) received head injuries after being att-acked, possibly with a statue from his own front garden, during the incident, which led to gardai being called to the property at 7.30am on Saturday.
Two women were arrested on suspicion of aggravated burglary close to Kiernan's home at Larkhill Road, Whitehall - the same house that was petrol bombed last July.
The women were later released without charge after being questioned at Ballymun Garda Station for several hours.
An examination of the house was carried out on Saturday, with gardai removing a number of items. One theory being investigated is that the women, who are in their 30s, had been in the property earlier on Saturday morning.
A row may have broken out, and they allegedly tried to force their way back inside.
Witnesses reported hearing the two women in a distressed state fighting with Kiernan in a porch area of the house, with one woman shouting that he had "filmed them" on his mobile phone and other accusations.
Neighbours were alerted by the noise and were present when gardai and an ambulance arrived. However, it is understood Kiernan did not leave the scene, despite having a "gaping wound at the back of his head", according to a witness.
Gardai sealed off the house as a crime scene, and when Kiernan came back for his mobile phone some hours later, he was denied entry as forensic examinations were taking place.
Local sources said he was seen at the house yesterday in the company of a woman who was not present during Saturday's incident.
"Locals are very concerned about his behaviour and they just want him out of the local- ity," a source said last night.
"There were chaotic scenes outside his home on Saturday morning, and it's not the first time either.
"It's not acceptable with children living near him, as well as elderly people.
"The biggest surprise for local people is that it was the two women who got arrested, because eyewitnesses had said they had looked like the victims in all this."
Kiernan lives only 15 metres from the Holy Child National School, which is closed at the moment due to the coronavirus pandemic, but his presence in the area has been causing concern for years.
In 2014, it emerged that he had been involved in a number of clashes with local teenagers over his sickening past, which resulted in threats of violence against him.
Last July, the Herald reported on a major garda investigation after a petrol bomb was thrown through a window of Kiernan's home in a 1am attack, causing major damage to the front of the property.
In May 2005, he was jailed for three years at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court.
The court had heard he responded to a text message sent accidentally by a 15-year-old girl and then began a sexual relationship with her.
Kiernan pleaded guilty to unlawful carnal knowledge of the girl between December 1, 2001 and December 31, 2002.
He also pleaded guilty to criminal damage to a vehicle on December 1, 2001.
He was previously convicted of raping a mildly disabled 22-year-old woman in 1991 in an incident he filmed.