Gardaí are investigating after a man was left in a critical condition following an assault at the front of the Central Bank on Dame St at around 5.40pm yesterday.

A man in his late 20s was standing under the Crann an Óir monument in front of the Central Bank facing onto Dame Street when he was attacked by four men.

He received serious stab wounds to his stomach and cheek. The man was taken to St James' Hospital where his condition is described as critical.

The attackers were part of a larger group who had walked from Crown Alley, around the back of the Central Bank, onto Fownes St.

The suspects then ran back down Crown Alley into Temple Bar and two running across the Halfpenny Bridge.

The suspects are described as males, aged in their late teens early 20s, of average build, with black or dark tops with hoods up, two with grey bottoms and two with dark bottoms and all wearing runners.

Gardaí would like to speak to anyone who witnessed this attack, anyone who may have information about it or anyone who saw the offenders either before or after this attack and can give directions of travel for the offenders after they flee the scene.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Pearse Street Garda Station on 01 6669000.