A Dublin woman has been attacked as she was taking her five-year-old son to school.
Hours earlier another woman had two fingers severed as she struggled to protect herself while being stabbed by a burglar.
The slash victim, who is in her 30s, was slit with the knife from her ear to her throat and was rushed to the Mater Hospital.
Last night she was recovering from her injuries, which were described as "not life-threatening".
The attack took place around 8.30am yesterday as the woman was walking with the boy to a local school at St Anne's Road, in Drumcondra, on Dublin's northside.
She later identified her attacker, who had been known to her for some time.
Gardai, who had been treating the savage attack as a domestic incident, arrested a 39-year-old suspect yesterday afternoon -- he was taken to questioning at Mountjoy station for questioning.
Officers said the suspect had been living in the area and had been well-known to the victim.
The woman's son, who was shocked by the incident, was being comforted by relatives.
Meanwhile, gardai in Finglas were last night hunting a burglar who stabbed a woman in the hands after forcing his way into her apartment at Prospect Hill on Wednesday afternoon.
The victim, who is in her mid- 30s and a foreign national, is recovering from her injuries at the Mater Hospital where she has undergone surgery to re-attach the severed fingers.
She was attacked at about 2.30pm while alone in the apartment. The burglar, who gardai suspect was a drug addict was wearing a balaclava. He knocked at the front door and then pushed past the woman when she opened it.
He then forced her into the apartment and assaulted her with the knife. In an attempt to defend herself, the woman put her hands in front of her face and two of her fingers were severed in the confrontation.
The woman ran screaming from the apartment and into the nearby Ardmore Hotel, where shocked staff telephoned the emergency services.
She was then taken to the Mater. Her boyfriend arrived home shortly after the incident and found blood on the floor of the apartment.
He also raised the alarm. An investigation later established that the burglar took the woman's ATM card and possibly some cash.
Justice Minister Dermot Ahern said yesterday that the two knife incidents again confirmed that the Government had taken the correct decision to introduce tougher penalties during the summer for illegal possession and use of a knife.
Source Irish Independent