Gardaí have being speaking with Dublin criminal Martin Foley who last night survived an attempt on his life at the swimming pool at Terenure College. Mr Foley, known as "The Viper", was shot several times in the legs, after being approached by two men on a motorbike when he leaving the pool. He is currently being treated at St James's Hospital where his condition is described as stable.

Gardaí described their conversation with Mr Foley this afternoon as "helpful" and say they hope to speak to him again once he has made a full recovery. They say that they are following a number of lines of inquiry. They are particularly interested in hearing from anyone who may have seen a red van parked on the grounds of the college last night. They believe the occupants of the van may have been accomplices of the two gunmen.

Mr Foley, who has served jail terms for robbery and other offences, was a close associate of "The General", Martin Cahill. Last April, the provisional IRA attempted to shoot Mr Foley, but the attempt was intercepted by Gardaí. Two other attempts to assassinate him were made in the 1990s.