Thursday 23 May 2019

Guerin's murder a 'reminder we must stand up to men of violence' - journalist honoured

Unveiling: Jimmy Guerin and his sisters Marie Therese Branagan (left) and Claire O’Brien at the naming of the Veronica Guerin Lecture Theatre, DCU. Photo: Damien Eagers/INM
Unveiling: Jimmy Guerin and his sisters Marie Therese Branagan (left) and Claire O’Brien at the naming of the Veronica Guerin Lecture Theatre, DCU. Photo: Damien Eagers/INM
Robin Schiller

Robin Schiller

Friends and colleagues paid tribute to murdered journalist Veronica Guerin as a lecture theatre was named in her honour.

At a special ceremony in Dublin City University (DCU), the Veronica Guerin Lecture Theatre was formally named after the late 'Sunday Independent' journalist.

The initiative, almost 23 years after her murder, is part of DCU's 'Project 50:50' to name 50pc of its major buildings and lecture theatres after inspiring females.

Speaking at the event, Veronica's brother Jimmy Guerin described her as "a trailblazer for equality who became the country's leading crime correspondent in a male-dominated field".

"We are very proud of her and very grateful to DCU for their efforts in ensuring young people today still have role models, like Veronica, to inspire courage and dedication," Mr Guerin said.

Cormac Bourke, editor of the Irish Independent and 'Sunday Independent', said the murders of journalists like Veronica Guerin, Martin O'Hagan and Lyra McKee were a "reminder that men of violence do not respect the vital role" the media play in society.

Jimmy with fellowship recipient Rachel Farrell. Photo: Damien Eagers/INM
Jimmy with fellowship recipient Rachel Farrell. Photo: Damien Eagers/INM

"And they are a reminder that we must always stand up to men of violence, as Veronica's family has done so bravely in the time since her murder," Mr Bourke said.

Several members of the Guerin family, Independent News and Media staff, as well as DCU staff and alumni attended the event in which bursary recipients were also announced. Independent.ie journalist Rachel Farrell was awarded the Veronica Guerin Ireland Funds Fellowship, and will travel to work in Arizona over the summer.

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