A Chinese woman has been left with "life-changing injuries" after she had acid poured over her face during an assault in South Dublin.
The woman in her 30s was attacked on Friday night as she was walking in an area close to Merrion Wood and Seamount Apartments in Stillorgan.
The incident occurred shortly after 10pm.
The Gardaí in Blackrock are following a "definite line of inquiry" and know what clothes the man was wearing when he attacked the woman.
The Irish Independent described the ambush in their online publication on Monday and revealed that a source close to the investigation said the victim's injuries are "life-changing" and gardaí fear she may have been left blinded by the assault.
In a statement, Gardaí said:
Gardaí at Blackrock Co Dublin are investigating a serious assault on a young female which occurred shortly after 10pm on Friday the 1st of December 2017 in the vicinity of a path between Merrion Woods to Seamount Apartments, Blackrock, Co. Dublin.
During the attack it is believed a caustic substance was used, resulting in injuries to the injured parties face and hands.
Gardaí are appealing to walkers, taxi drivers, delivery drivers or any persons who were in the vicinity of the following areas ,Rosemount Terrace, Fosterbrook, Merrion Woods and Seamount Apartments between 9.30pm and 10.30pm last Friday who may have observed anything suspicious and may have information or relevance dash camera footage.
Gardaí are particularly interested in a lone male, heavy set wearing dark clothing who was in the area at the time. Members of the public can contact Blackrock Garda Station on 01-6665200, the Garda confidential line 1800 666 111 or any Garda Station.