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Thursday 22 August 2019

'It doesn't get any easier' - brother of slain Veronica speaks out 22 years on

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Amy Molloy

Amy Molloy

The brother of murdered 'Sunday Independent' journalist Veronica Guerin has insisted "it doesn't get any easier" for her family 22 years on from her brutal killing.

Journalists, politicians and family members yesterday remembered the renowned reporter on the 22nd anniversary of her murder. The award-winning journalist was shot in her car at a set of traffic lights near Newlands Cross on the Naas Road, Dublin, on June 26, 1996.

Two men on a motorcycle pulled up beside her and opened fire in a brutal attack after her investigative work exposed members of the Irish criminal underworld. Veronica's brother, Jimmy Guerin, an Independent councillor for Howth-Malahide, said yesterday is a "sad time for everyone".

"It doesn't get any easier as the years go by," he told the Irish Independent.

"We lost a great opportunity to really tackle crime, so I think that's a pity. It doesn't get any easier but we have to keep going."

'Sunday Independent' Editor Cormac Bourke said her sacrifice and courage will always be remembered.

"Veronica Guerin's life was taken from her while she was reporting fearlessly on matters of major public interest. The greatest loss, of course, was suffered by her husband Graham, young son Cathal and wider family. We must never forget that.

"Journalism like hers shines a spotlight into dark corners. Those dark corners remain.

"That is why she remains an inspiration to all at the 'Sunday Independent' - and to all journalists."

Ms Guerin was born in Artane, north Dublin, which was also home to former Taoiseach Charles Haughey. She was a close friend of the Haughey family through her involvement in Fianna Fáil.

Fianna Fáil TD Sean Haughey said: "Remembering Veronica Guerin and thinking of her family today on the 22nd anniversary of her death - a fearless and inspirational journalist who courageously defended liberal democratic values."

Irish Independent

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