A Dublin taxi driver was assaulted and stabbed several times before his attackers stole his car and drove off this weekend.
The driver picked up two men at about 3am on Saturday morning outside a fast food restaurant at Airside Retail Park, Swords.
He drove the two a short distance to the Pavillions Roundabout where he was assaulted and stabbed a number of times.
The taxi driver managed to escape from the car and raise the alarm while his attackers drove off in the taxi in the direction of the M1.
It is understood the taxi - a 10-D registered grey Ford Mondeo - was driven north along the M1 towards Balbriggan after the attack. It was later located burnt out near Bellewstown, Co Meath.
The taxi driver, who is in his mid 30s, was taken to Beaumont Hospital by ambulance where he is continuing to receive treatment. His injuries are not thought to be life-threatening.
No arrests have been made and investigating gardaí are appealing for witnesses. They are particularly appealing to anyone who was near of the Pavillions Roundabout at the time of the incident to contact them.
They are also appealing for information on any sightings of the taxi between 3am and 6.30am.
Anyone with information is asked to contact Swords garda station 01-6664700, the garda confidential line 1800-666-111 or any garda station.