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Sunday 20 April 2014

Veronica Guerin's son bids final farewell to his beloved grandmother

These are the harrowing images of Cathal Guerin, the son of murdered journalist Veronica Guerin, saying goodbye to his grandmother.

Cathal was seven years old when his mother was murdered, and seventeen years on, the renowned journalist's has to say goodbye to another key maternal figure.

Veronica was shot dead by the gang controlled by drug trafficker John Gilligan. He was never convicted in relation to the killing but was jailed for 17 years on drug charges.

After the murder, Bernie Guerin campaigned for money seized by the Criminal Assets Bureau, which was established in the wake of her daughter's death, to be used to help communities destroyed by drugs.

She once said: "Veronica had so much sympathy for those people and the least she deserves is that something will be done in her memory - after all, the Criminal Assets Bureau was set up as a direct response to her murder."

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