A man has been arrested after a pharmacist was stabbed while he was working.
The victim, in his 30s, was on his own in the Cottage Pharmacy in Scarlet Street in Drogheda, Co Louth at the time of the incident.
A man entered the premises at around 8.30am and a row broke out, during which the pharmacist was attacked.
He was stabbed in the abdomen area, according to a Garda spokesman.
The pharmacist was taken to Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital in the town, where he is being treated for what is described as serious injuries.
Gardaí responding to the incident arrested a man in his 30s close to the scene.
The suspect is being detained at Dundalk Garda Station under Section 4 of the Criminal Justice Act
Investigators are seeking witnesses.
The Irish Pharmacy Union has called for tougher sentencing, more visible policing and a no-tolerance approach by Gardaí and the Criminal Justice System to incidences of crime on community pharmacies.
IPU Vice-President Daragh Connolly said: "Our thoughts are with our colleague, his family and the wider pharmacy community in Drogheda and we wish him a speedy recovery.
"Increasingly our members are becoming victims of crime and the extremely lenient penalties handed down by the Courts are not proving to be a deterrent in comparison to the impact a crime like this can have on the pharmacist, their staff and the wider local community.
"We need tougher sentencing, more visible policing and a no tolerance approach by the Gardaí and the Criminal Justice System.”
Figures from a 2014 Annual Crime Survey undertaken by the IPU among a sample of 120 of its members (published in February of this year) revealed that three quarters (75%) of pharmacists were victims of crime, including shoplifting, robbery and raids.
Of those who experienced a robbery or raid, over a third (36%) said the perpetrators carried one or more weapons of which a knife was used in 75% of cases.
Mr Connolly said the IPU continues to work with its members offering advice and support in relation to matters of crime and areas of crime prevention.