Two men 'critical' after separate attacks
Two men have been left fighting for their lives after separate assaults.
In one incident a man in his late 20s was severely beaten and suffered head injuries in an attack in Bray, Co Wicklow.
Gardai said the injured man was found at James Everett Park in the town at about 1.45am.
He was treated at the scene before being taken to St Vincent's Hospital and then to Beaumont Hospital where his condition was described as critical.
Gardai said t he scene has been preserved for technical examination.
A man, also in his 20s, was arrested on Sunday over the attack and was being questioned at Bray Garda station under section 4 of the Criminal Justice Act.
Officers appealed for witnesses and anyone with information to come forward, particularly those who were in Bray town centre and the Little Bray, Fassaroe and James Everett Park areas between 1am and 2am.
In another incident, a man in his 20s was also left fighting for his life after a suspected stabbing in Birr, Co Offaly.
Gardai said the young man suffered a number of wounds in the attack on McAuley Drive in the town shortly after 1am.
The injured man was treated in the Midland Regional Hospital in Tullamore where his condition was also described as critical.
A man in his 20s was arrested close to the scene and was being held at Birr Garda station under section four of the Criminal Justice Act, gardai said.