To understand the Republic
Published 14/02/2016 | 02:30
The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.
So began an editorial in this newspaper on June 30, 1996, under a headline 'The sense of duty to protect democracy itself', in reference to a quotation usually attributed to Edmund Burke, the Irish statesman.
Unusually, the editorial was personally signed by the then editor, the late Aengus Fanning, in the aftermath of the murder of our colleague Veronica Guerin 20 years ago this year.