Friday 20 January 2017

Remembering Veronica: Terror of the night I was shot

As part of a series of articles - 'Remembering Veronica' - to commemorate the anniversary of her death 20 years ago this month, the brave journalist recalls the night of January 30, 1995, when she answered the door of her home to face a masked gunman

Veronica Guerin

Published 19/06/2016 | 02:30

Veronica Guerin in her hospital bed after being treated for gunshot wounds to her leg. She is pictured with senior executives of Independent Newspapers, David Palmer, Aengus Fanning editor of the Sunday Independent and Liam Healy, CEO. Picture: Matt Walsh/INM
Veronica Guerin in her hospital bed after being treated for gunshot wounds to her leg. She is pictured with senior executives of Independent Newspapers, David Palmer, Aengus Fanning editor of the Sunday Independent and Liam Healy, CEO. Picture: Matt Walsh/INM
Gardai outside the home of Veronica Guerin, Cloghran, Co Dublin, following the shooting Picture: Tom Burke/Independent Newspapers/NPA)

My usual Monday night is a diet of soaps, soccer and Questions and Answers. Last week, reluctantly, I accepted two invitations which meant an unwelcome change in my relaxing routine.

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I agreed to appear on the Gerry Ryan Tonight show to discuss crime and the underworld after which was the even more daunting task of facing the Sunday Independent Christmas Party. Yes, Christmas party. That evening my schedule was going around in my mind as I drove to a 5.50pm appointment at Dublin Airport. Just as I arrived there my mobile rang and the meeting was off.

Cursing the cancellation I decided to head to the funeral in Killester of family friend Tom Stafford.

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