Gardaí are following a definite line of enquiry after two men were stabbed during a row inside Cork University Hospital.
Medical staff and patients were terrified when the row flared inside the hospital’s emergency department at around 1.15pm yesterday.
The incident is believed to be linked to an ongoing feud between two Traveller families.
It is understood that members of one family were visiting a relative when members of the other family arrived to visit another person.
It was not clear last night what triggered the row but weapons, including a knife, were produced.
Two men in their 30s, members of the same family, suffered stab wounds to their arms and upper bodies.
Hospital security staff tried to intervene before Garda units from Bishopstown and Togher arrived.
The attackers fled and the two injured men were treated in the emergency department for what were described as non life-threatening injuries.
It is understood they each required several stitches to their stab wounds.
No formal complaint has been made to gardaí but detectives are following a definite line of enquiry.
The entire incident was captured on the hospital’s CCTV system.
Detectives took statements from several people who witnessed the incident and they have examined the CCTV footage.
They are expected to prepare a file for the Director of Public Prosecutions with a view to bringing a prosecution under the Public Order Act.
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