Update 2.35pm: A man in his 40s has been stabbed in Dublin.
Part of his ear was also found in the hallway of his flat at Whitefriar Gardens in the city.
It happened just before 10am and he was taken to hospital where his condition is understood to be stable.
A man living nearby said he saw the victim afterwards:
"You could see his bedroom was covered in blood on the floor. It wasn't a nice sight."
A Garda statement said: "Gardaí in Kevin Street are investigating an assault that occurred at a house in Whitefriar Gardens, D8 this morning.
"A male in his 40s was discovered with stab injuries at approximately 9.50am following an altercation and taken to St James Hospital where he is described as being in a stable condition.
"The scene has been preserved for a technical examination and investigations are ongoing.
"A piece of the injured male's ear was severed during the incident and found nearby."
Investigations are continuing and the Gardaí have appealed for anyone with information to contact them.
Part of a human ear has been found in Dublin's south inner city this morning.
This grim discovery was made at around 9.45am at a block of flats at Whitefriar Gardens in Dublin 8.
Gardai have confirmed part of a human ear was found.
The area has been sealed off and the ear has been taken to be forensically tested.
Locals say somebody may have been stabbed but details are still unclear.
Detectives say their investigations are ongoing - anyone with information is asked to contact Kevin Street garda station.