Man(40s), responsible for Dublin stabbings, Gardaí confirm

Man(40s), responsible for Dublin stabbings, Gardaí confirm

After being attacked and stabbed on Thursday afternoon near a school in Dublin city, a five-year-old girl and a lady in her 30s are in critical condition in the hospital.

After 1:30 p.m., the incident happened in front of Gaelscoil Cólaiste Mhuire on Parnell Square East.

At CHI Temple Street, the five-year-old girl is presently receiving therapy.

A 5-year-old boy and a 6-year-old girl were admitted to the hospital as well, both with minor wounds. Since then, the boy has been released.

The injured woman is receiving major medical attention at Mater Hospital for her work as a creche worker.

A hospital in the Dublin Region is also treating a forty-year-old male adult who has sustained severe injuries.

Gardaí affirmed at a press conference this evening that the guy in his 40s is a "person of interest" and that they have no further search warrants for individuals connected to the event.

It is believed that bystanders restrained the attacker at the scene shortly after the assault started. It is thought to have happened while the kids were getting out of the elementary school, which is located just north of O'Connell Street.

The parents of the three injured children are reportedly in contact with the Gardaí. Additionally, Norma Foley, the minister of education, said that counseling services will be provided to the school community.

Although the attack's motivation is yet unknown, gardaí think it is a one-off event unrelated to any larger problems in Dublin or the nation.

Gardaí issued a statement in which they stated they were working on a "definite line of inquiry" and urged witnesses or anyone with information to come forward.

The Garda Confidential Line at 1800 666 111, any Garda Station, or Mountjoy Garda Station 01 6668600 has been asked to be contacted by anyone with information.