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20th Aug 2023

Man hospitalised after being stabbed on Grafton Street

Simon Kelly

A man was arrested in connection to the incident.

A man in his 30s has been taken to hospital after being stabbed multiple times on Grafton Street in Dublin this morning, Sunday, August 20.

The incident occurred shortly after 9am this morning.

According to the Irish Independent, it is understood that the man was stabbed a number of times in the back during the assault.

Emergency services were alerted to the incident and he was rushed to St James’s Hospital where he is being treated for serious injuries.

It is understood that Gardaí rushed to the scene and a man, also in his 30s, was arrested in the area. He is currently being quizzed on suspicion of assault by Gardaí at Pearse Street Garda Station.

In a statement, Gardaí said:

“Upon receiving report of this incident gardaí attended the scene and arrested a man aged in his 30s.

“He was taken to a garda station in Dublin City Centre where he is currently detained under Section 4 of the Criminal Justice Act, 1984.

“Another man aged in his 30s was taken to St James Hospital to be treated for serious injuries.

“Investigations are ongoing.”

High profile Dublin City assault pile pressure on Justice Minister

Minister of Justice Helen McEntee is under increased scrutiny after a string of high profile assaults in Dublin City Centre.

The attack comes at a time where crime within the inner city of Dublin is at the height of public consciousness following a string of high profile attacks throughout the city.

Sinn Féin TD for Dublin Fingal, Louise O’Reilly spoke out about the incident on Sunday, calling it “deeply disturbing”.

“Everyone should be entitled to be safe in our nation’s capital, be they Dubliners, workers or tourists. However it’s clear that there are serious issues with crime in the city that must be tackled by government.

“During their time in office, Fine Gael have failed to invest in, adequately fund and show leadership for the Gardaí. As a result, there aren’t enough Guards on our streets, they don’t have the resources they need and they feel overstretched and under-supported. It isn’t good enough.”

Minister for Justice Helen McEntee and An Gardaí Síochána have come under increased scrutiny since the string of incidents hit headlines earlier in the summer.

In light of the situation, Minister McEntee announced a new funding package of up to €10 million to provide for extra garda visibilty on the streets. The package will go towards extra garda hours and shifts until the end of the year.

After today’s incident, a spokesperson for Minister McEntee said:

“The Minister is also informed that senior gardaí will this week hold a meeting with Dublin business groups, business owners and Dublin City Council on safety in Dublin, where they will discuss their approach and listen to concerns and issues.”

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