Thursday 27 April 2017

Guerin's death was a pivotal moment

Stephen Dodd

Through her work, and in her awful death, Veronica changed what we were prepared to tolerate, and defined what we knew we must fight. Stephen Dodd remembers. WHEN she died, when the shots came that made us all gasp and wonder how Ireland could have strayed so far from the rule

Through her work, and in her awful death, Veronica changed what we were prepared to tolerate, and defined what we knew we must fight. Stephen Dodd remembers. WHEN she died, when the shots came that made us all gasp and wonder how Ireland could have strayed so far from the rule of law, it was inevitable that a fellow journalist should be among the first on the scene of her murder. Such is the nature of the trade. Paul Williams looked at her body, at the Veronica he had so often worked alongside, and he trembled.

"I was convulsed with fear and shock," he remembers. "It was fear of the selfish, self-preservation kind. This could happen to me."

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