Tuesday 23 May 2017

We must always protect those with the courage to stand up to criminals

'Veronica did not see any glamour in gangs. She saw them for what they were – people destroying local communities'.
'Veronica did not see any glamour in gangs. She saw them for what they were – people destroying local communities'.

Frances Fitzgerald

Veronica Guerin changed Ireland. Before those shots rang out in Newlands Cross on a summer day in 1996, we knew we had gangs trading in drugs and destroying lives. But quite honestly, nobody was clear on how ruthless they would be when they felt under threat of being exposed.

I suspect Veronica saw more than most how dangerous they had become. But she persisted in searching for the truth.

She told it. She died in service to the truth and in service to freedom of speech and belief.

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