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Manhunt after knife attack on woman

A manhunt is under way after a solicitor was left fighting for her life following a frenzied knife attack in her home

Violet Quigley was critically injured during the assault which shocked neighbours in a quiet suburban estate.

Detectives are investigating if the stabbing, which happened in Donaghmede Park, north Dublin, is connected to a burglary at the same house on Wednesday.

Neighbour Claire Downey said her son woke her telling her he could hear screaming. The pair went out and saw blood on the window ledge of an upstairs bedroom window.

"When I went to the end of my garden, Violet came to the window and was hanging out of the window, 'help me, help me, they're trying to kill me'," she said.

Ms Quigley, 44, was taken to Beaumont Hospital where she is in a critical but stable condition.

A solicitor for the Electricity Supply Board (ESB), she moved on to the estate, where she lived alone, several years ago.

"Violet's friends and colleagues at ESB are deeply shocked by this news and our thoughts and prayers are very much with Violet and her family at this time," an ESB spokeswoman said in a statement.

Ms Quigley's home was broken in to on Wednesday when she was out. It is understood the locks were forced and some jewellery may have been stolen.

Supt Mark Curran, of Coolock Garda Station, appealed for anyone with information to come forward and warned her attacker or attackers may still have blood-stained clothing.

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