Two men have been arrested after a man was attacked in Dublin city centre on Monday.

The men, both aged their 20s, are detained at Pearse Street and Kevin Street Garda Stations.

The man was standing under a monument at the Central Bank on Dame Street when he was assaulted by four men at around 5.40pm on Monday.

The man was stabbed in the stomach and cheek and is described as being in a critical condition in St James's Hospital.

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

The suspects then ran back down Crown Alley into Temple Bar.

Gardaí say two of the suspects made their escape by crossing the Ha'penny Bridge.

Anyone who witnessed the attack or the movements of the group is asked to contact Pearse Street Garda Station on 01-6669000.