Man critical following assault in Ballina

A 26-year-old man is fighting for his life in Beaumont Hospital, Dublin, this evening following a serious assault in the Ardnaree area of Ballina.

The victim was initially treated at the intensive care unit of Mayo General Hospital in Castlebar but was rushed to Beaumont Hospital, which specialises in the treatment of head and brain injuries, later.

It is understood that the assault occurred around 2 a.m. in the Bunree/Ardnaree area following a christening party on Sunday. Following the assault, a 37-year-old male, also from the Ballina area, was arrested and detained for questioning under Section 4 of the Criminal Justice Act.

Gardaí are appealing for anyone who may have witnessed the incident or who was in the Bunree/Ardnaree area between 1.30 a.m. and 2.05 a.m. to contact them at (096) 21422.