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Hostel cleaner discharged from hospital following 'unprovoked' assault

The manager of the hotel said her injuries were not serious and the man involved, who had to be coaxed down off the roof by gardaí yesterday, is still in custody.

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THE MANAGER AT a youth hostel in which a female staff member was stabbed yesterday by a guest, has said the assault was “unprovoked”.

The incident occurred at 11.30am yesterday at Isaacs Hostel on Frenchman’s Lane in Dublin with the man involved climbing onto the roof after the attack. Manager James Clancy said an international male guest, who is reported to have become “agitated” that morning, attacked the 35-year-old cleaner.

“The assault was unprovoked and occurred as the member of staff was cleaning dormitory accommodation,” he said today.

He said staff were alerted to the incident by the victim and gardaí and ambulance services were called.

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During this time, the man moved to the roof of the hostel and has to be talked down by garda negotiators. This took several hours yesterday afternoon and rail services were suspended for a period of time because the building is adjacent to railway tracks.

However gardaí said the incident reached a “safe conclusion” and the man remains in custody.

It is understood that the woman sustained a wound to her back but her injuries were not life threatening and she has now been discharged from hospital.

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“Isaacs Hostel prides itself on providing a safe, fun environment for young people, from around the world, to experience Dublin,” Clancy said today. “We place the safety and security of both staff and residents as our top priority. This was an isolated incident, which we are investigating to ensure that this does not reoccur.”

He added that the hostel remains open and thanked emergency services for their speed and support yesterday.

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