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Gun terror Blanchardstown shooting: Convicted drug dealer Daniel Goulding in custody after two gardai injured

Both of the officers were shot in the foot, one was wounded in the hand and they are being treated in hospital for non-life threatening injuries.

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Daniel Goulding following Garda shooting

Daniel Goulding following Garda shooting

Daniel Goulding following Garda shooting

This is the moment convicted cocaine dealer Daniel Goulding was taken into garda custody after a lengthy siege in West Dublin. 

Goulding – who is stripped to his waist - can be seen leaving the house in Whitechapel in Blachardstown after tense stand- off with armed detectives.

This morning, Goulding remains in garda custody after being arrested in connection with the shooting.

Two garda detectives were injured in the terrifying incident after sustaining gunshot wounds.

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Daniel Goulding

Daniel Goulding

Daniel Goulding

Both of the officers were shot in the foot, one was wounded in the hand and they are being treated in hospital for non-life threatening injuries.

Daniel Goulding is well-known to the gardai and has been linked to a number of major gangland criminals over the last two decades.

He had ties to the notorious Westies mob and the Glennon brothers gang. He was also an associate of gang figure Michael ‘The Panda’ Kelly.

The Panda controlled a large drug empire in north Dublin before being killed by the Real IRA.

Daniel Goulding sided with the notorious Glennon brothers after they split with Westies leaders Coates and Sugg in the early 00s.

Mark and Andrew ‘Madser’ Glennon took over the Westies’ operation after they murdered Bernard ‘Verb’ Sugg in August 2003.

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However, Daniel Goulding later split with the Glennons after they fell out over a personal matter.

The row sparked a vicious feud in West Dublin with a series of tit-for-tat shootings and bombings.

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Convicted drug dealer Daniel Goulding

Convicted drug dealer Daniel Goulding

Convicted drug dealer Daniel Goulding

In December 2004, Daniel Goulding and his brother David were ambushed as they left Blanchardstown Garda station, the attackers shooting at them with a machine gun.

The two Glennons were ultimately murdered in gangland killings.

Madser was shot in an ambush in Bramblefields in May 2005, while Mark was shot four months later near his home in Hartstown.

In December 2005, Daniel Goulding was given 10-month suspended sentence for possession of a smoke-pipe hand grenade gardai believe he planned to use in the feud.

In June 2006, Daniel was arrested after he was seen throwing a kilo of cocaine – worth an estimated 70k - from a car just before a Garda checkpoint.

He was given a ten year prison sentence for the offence.

Last night’s shooting occurred after gardaí were called to the property after receiving reports that the suspect had been acting aggressively towards a female relation of his shortly after 7pm.

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Gardaí at the scene of an armed siege at the Whitechapel estste near Blanchardstown. Photo: Frank McGrath

Gardaí at the scene of an armed siege at the Whitechapel estste near Blanchardstown. Photo: Frank McGrath

Gardaí at the scene of an armed siege at the Whitechapel estste near Blanchardstown. Photo: Frank McGrath

It is understood that she was unhurt during the incident.

Sources say that two male detectives who called to the house were “sprayed with machine gun fire”.

It is understood that both gardaí were each shot in the foot and one of the two officers were also shot in the hand.

Members of the Armed Support Unit and Emergency Response Unit both rushed to the scene and two safety cordons were put in place.

The Garda’s Hostage Negotiator Unit were also in attendance and worked with a local detective who knows the suspect.

“One male is currently in custody in Blanchardstown garda station. Two Garda members are currently being treated at Connolly Memorial Hospital for non-life threatening gun shot wounds,” a garda spokesman said.

Commenting on the policing operation, Garda Commissioner Drew Harris said: "I want to commend all the gardaí involved in securing a successful outcome to this firearms incident. In particular, the bravery of the two detectives who were first on scene.

"This was another in a long line of examples of gardaí putting themselves on the line to keep people safe. I want to wish them a speedy recovery."

“My thoughts are with the two members of An Garda Síochána who sustained injuries while responding to an incident in Blanchardstown this evening, and with their families.

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Gardaí at the scene of an armed siege at the Whitechapel estste near Blanchardstown. Photo: Frank McGrath

Gardaí at the scene of an armed siege at the Whitechapel estste near Blanchardstown. Photo: Frank McGrath

Gardaí at the scene of an armed siege at the Whitechapel estste near Blanchardstown. Photo: Frank McGrath

Justice Minister Heather Humphreys said: “I am relieved to hear that the situation was resolved following negotiation. I want to commend all of the Gardaí who were involved in ensuring there were no further injuries.

“Shocking incidents such as this remind us of the dangers the men and women of An Garda Síochána face every day. We can never take for granted their bravery and the dedicated service they provide to our communities.

“We must always remember that in wearing the uniform and serving the Irish people, they place our protection and their duty to the State above their own safety.”

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