A man has been hospitalised after being subjected to a serious assault in Tallaght, west Dublin. The victim, who is in his 40s, sustained serious head injuries and has been transferred for specialist head trauma treatment to Beaumont Hospital, north Dublin.
The incident comes just days after Assistant Commissioner Anne Marie Cagney, who is in charge of policing in Dublin, revealed while crime levels in the capital had not yet returned to pre-pandemic levels, assaults causing serious harm had bucked that trend. They were almost 10 per cent higher in the first four months of this year.
The latest serious assault now under investigation occurred at a playground in Mac Uilliam estate, Tallaght, late on Saturday night.
The alarm was raised by local people at around 11.40pm and when gardaí and paramedics arrived they found the victim unconscious and having sustained head injuries.
"He was removed from the scene by ambulance to Tallaght Hospital. He has since been transferred to Beaumont Hospital where his condition is understood to be serious," Garda Headquarters, Phoenix Park, Dublin, said in a brief statement.
The scene has been sealed off and was undergoing an examination by the Garda Technical Bureau on Sunday. No arrests have been made and the investigation is ongoing.
As part of the inquiry gardaí in Tallaght are appealing to anyone who was in the area last night, or who have have recorded footage on their mobile phone or on vehicle dashcam, to come forward and share the images.
Anyone with information can contact Tallaght Garda station (01) 666 6000 or the Garda Confidential Line on 1800 666 111.