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Mobster David Goulding (32) was gunned down as he sat in a car in Hartstown.

Gardai believe the notorious gangster -- who has strong links to slain crimelords Eamon 'The Don' Dunne and Michael 'Micka' Kelly -- was shot because of a bitter row with former close associates.

He was lucky to escape with his life in the attack at Cherryfield View -- a settled family estate in Dublin 15. The driver of the car was uninjured.

It is understood the lone gunman made his getaway on foot in the direction of Portersgate.

Sources told the Herald that there has been a "bitter falling out" among the west Dublin crew that Goulding is now linked to which also led to at least two shooting incidents last year.

"This is very serious -- it started when slagging got out of hand but it could now develop into a full blown feud," said a source.

Goulding is under armed guard while being treated at Connolly Memorial Hospital in Blanchardstown for injuries to his arm and back.

Sources say that he is expected to survive.

The gangster – who had links to slain crimelords Eamon ‘The Don' Dunne and Michael ‘Micka' Kelly – has been a major target for gardai for years.
(Source: The Evening Herald)


Police cars will no longer be used to escort ambulances to hospital, the PSNI has said.
The decision follows a crash in County Fermanagh in 2011.

An ambulance, following a police car, collided with a lorry and overturned near Brookeborough. The lorry pulled out onto the road after a gap between the police car and the ambulance developed.

Police have said trained motorcycle teams will now be used.

It is understood that when used, one of the motorcycles could stay with the ambulance, while the other could travel ahead stopping traffic and closing junctions.

However, the Ambulance Service said they have been told that those teams may not always be available.

In the January 2011 accident, a doctor was seriously injured and two nurses and two ambulance crew were also hurt.

The ambulance had been transferring a patient with swine flu from hospital in Enniskillen to Belfast.


The final moments of a plane crash in County Galway that killed two men are relived in a report released last week.

The final report of the Air Accident Investigation Unit (AAIU) into the fatal crash at Crumlin East, Cornamona, Connemara on October 12, 2009 has found that the pilot may have become disorientated due to deteriorating weather conditions.

The ill-fated plane was destroyed on impact when crashing into mountain ridges in Crumlin East, known locally as Maum Dearg, killing pilots Captain Derek Furniss (32) and Cadet David Jevens (22).
The duo were on a military training exercise and Cadet Jevens was one of a class of cadets coming to the end of their Pilot Wings course.

The preliminary report published last year noted that the Pilatus PC-9 aircraft was conducting a Visual Flight Rules navigational cross-country training exercise from Casement Aerodrome, Baldonnel via Carrigallen in Cavan and Maum to Galway Airport.

The aircraft departed Baldonnel at 4.20pm on October 12 and was followed by two other aircraft on the same training exercise at 15 minutes intervals. It was last recorded by Shannon radar over Lower Lough Mask at 4.55pm at an altitude of 1,300ft on course to Maum.
Last week’s final report the aircraft flew initially northwest and later southwest towards Maum, County Galway.
(Source: GalwayBay Fm)


Google, which offers views of nearly every street in Ireland, was forced down to earth last week after being summonsed to appear at a sitting of Castleisland District Court.

The company was in court after a vehicle, confirmed as a streetview car with a roof-mounted camera, had parked illegally on Main Street, Castleisland, Co Kerry, last September.

Last week’s appearance in the court, which now sits in Tralee, was to confirm a €450 contribution pledged before Christmas to the court poor box to avoid a conviction under the Road Traffic Act.

The case of Kerry County Council v Google Ireland had first come before Castleisland court on December 22nd last.

Google Ireland Ltd, Gordon House, Barrow Street, Dublin, pleaded guilty to illegal parking on September 23rd, 2011.

The case had been adjourned to Friday to allow Google’s contribution to the poor box to be paid to avoid a conviction. The court was told that the €450 had now been paid.

Representing Google Ireland, Tralee solicitor Patrick Mann, for A L Goodbody Solicitors of Dublin, reminded Judge James O’Connor of his appeal so that Google, “which so well serves the world and the community”, could make the contribution and thus avoid a conviction.

The previous court hearing also heard how Google Ireland drivers were not employed directly by Google but were provided by a subcontractor.
(Source: Irish Times)