Gun seized as gang figure who escaped custody is arrested
Goulding was arrested at the Swords Road near Dublin Airport along with two of his associates from Mulhuddart and Clonsilla in west Dublin at 1.30pm, the Herald can reveal.
He remains in garda custody today and is expected to appear in court later.
He spent a fortnight on the run after he was 'freed' from officers when three associates pepper-sprayed and assaulted uniformed gardai who were monitoring his movements at Blanchardstown Hospital.
Goulding had been receiving treatment after he survived an assassination attempt in late January when he was shot up to six times as he sat in a car at Cherryfield View, Hartstown, west Dublin.
Gardai had planned to arrest him in relation to an outstanding warrant when he was 'freed' by his associates. Sources say that a woman played an "active part" in the mayhem which led to Goulding getting away.
It is understood that the gangster -- who had strong links to slain crimelords Eamon 'The Don' Dunne and Michael 'Micka' Kelly -- has been hiding out across the border since his dramatic escape.
Gardai are now probing whether he was back in the capital yesterday to target his former cronies who tried to murder him three weeks ago.
It is understood that Goulding, who originally comes from Whitechapel Grove, Clonsilla, was officially warned last year that there is an active threat on his life.
Along with his brother Daniel (27), David Goulding was a member of the notorious Westies mob who terrorised parts of west Dublin in the late 1990s.
When the mob imploded, the Goulding brothers linked up with the notorious Glennon brothers who were murdered as part of the gang warfare in 2005.
After the deaths of the Glennons, David Goulding became very close to the crew which was led by murdered gangster Michael 'Micka' Kelly, who was nicknamed 'The Panda.'
Kelly regularly visited Goulding when he was serving various prison sentences and in 2005 'The Panda' was spotted by undercover gardai visiting the prisoner in Cloverhill Prison under a false name.
In February 2009, Goulding was jailed for three years for interfering with the principal prosecution witness in an attempted murder trial.
He tried to persuade Akef Alquasar not to give evidence in the trial of Darren Larkin, who had shot him in the head at the Blanchardstown Leisureplex in 2006.
At a court hearing in July 2010, it emerged that on the day that murdered crime figure John Paul Joyce went missing, Joyce went to hand over a BMW car's logbook to David Goulding.
Mr Joyce's body was found on January 9, 2010, near Dublin Airport two days after he had last been seen.
During the hearing at Dublin District Court, Goulding's partner Karen Duffy claimed Joyce sold the Northern Ireland-registered car to her and her partner David Goulding for €7,000 and they were the legal owners of the vehicle.
Ms Duffy said she and Goulding paid cash for the car, and she had the car keys and the logbook and was insured to drive it.
However the Court found that the State could keep the car while garda investigations were being carried out into the murder of John Paul Joyce.