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Armed and dangerous Deadly guns Daniel Goulding shot gardai with during Blanchardstown siege pictured

The Sunday World can reveal that the convicted criminal has been in a “state of complete paranoia” since the release from jail of his arch enemy Jason ‘Jay’ O’Connor on February 10 last.

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This is the deadly loaded machine pistol and handgun that were used to fire on two garda detectives in a reckless gun attack.

Officers recovered the weapons after notorious criminal Daniel Goulding (38) threw the guns outside a window after a two-and-half hour stand-off with heavily armed gardai after the criminal discharged at least eight shots on two detectives.

A third gun – another machine pistol was recovered in a back garden yesterday.

The Sunday World can reveal that the convicted criminal has been in a “state of complete paranoia” since the release from jail of his arch enemy Jason ‘Jay’ O’Connor on February 10 last.

A source close to Daniel Goulding told us: “Of course there is no excuse for Daniel’s behaviour when he shot at the gardai.

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Forensic gardaí at Whitechapel Grove in Blanchardstown calculate the trajectory of the shots fired at detectives on Tuesday

Forensic gardaí at Whitechapel Grove in Blanchardstown calculate the trajectory of the shots fired at detectives on Tuesday

Forensic gardaí at Whitechapel Grove in Blanchardstown calculate the trajectory of the shots fired at detectives on Tuesday

“But his mental health has not been great ever since O’Connor was released – he has been under threat and warned of that fact a number of times by gardai and he just flipped. What he did is wrong,” the source said.

“This is a bitter feud that has been ongoing for many years and even what happened here will not end it,” the source said.

Kinahan cartel aligned gangster ‘Jay’ O’ Connor is understood to be hiding out in Northern Ireland after serving a sentence for threatening gardai and a serious assault.

Gardai and the Garda Siochana Ombudsman (GSOC) are conducting separate investigations into Tuesday night’s shoot-out in west Dublin.

The two male detectives- both aged in their 30s - were still receiving medical attention last night after both being shot in the foot. It has emerged that an officer who was also hit in the hand may require plastic surgery.

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The incident unfolded at Whitechapel Grove in the Coolmine area of Dublin 15 shortly after 7pm on Tuesday and lasted until 9.30pm when a siege situation and ‘media blackout’ played out.

A number of local residents were forced to wait outside the gates to the Millennium Park located across the street from the main entrance to the estate during the siege.

A man who lives in the housing estate said he was waiting for his wife outside the local Iceland shop when he heard a succession of shots being fired.

“I was sitting in my car in the Iceland parking lot waiting for the missus and I heard ‘bang, bang, bang,” he told the Irish Independent.

Another local man said gardaí would not tell residents what was going on other than they couldn’t return to their homes for the time being.

He said locals turned to Facebook in an attempt to find out what was transpiring, but they were largely in the dark as to what had happened, but they knew it was serious.

“It seemed like every garda car in the country is going up that street,” he said, pointing to the main entrance to the estate where the flashing blue lights of a number of garda cars parked near the scene of the stand-off could be seen from the park gates.

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."

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