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Veronica Guerin

Veronica Guerin

Veronica Guerin

A campaign is growing calling for the newly opened flyover on one of the country's busiest roads to be named after murdered Sunday Independent journalist Veronica Guerin.

Transport Minister Paschal Donohoe yesterday opened the new N7 Newlands Cross junction upgrade in west Dublin, which means motorists can now travel from Belfast to Cork without encountering a single set of traffic lights.

It is part of a €282m N7 Newlands Cross/ N11 Arklow to Rathnew Public Private Partnership (PPP) scheme.

Labour TD Robert Dowds is now calling for the flyover to be named after crime reporter Ms Guerin, who was shot dead on the Naas dual carriageway near Newlands Cross in 1996.

Ms Guerin has been in the headlines over recent weeks due to the controversy over Sinn Fein leader Gerry Adams's comments about holding the editor of the Irish Independent at gunpoint.

She is one of two journalists from the Independent group to have been murdered for her attempts to expose criminals.

The Sunday World's Martin O'Hagan was killed by the Loyalist Volunteer Force in 2001. Mr Dowds said: "Because this is beside where Veronica was murdered, I feel it is an important opportunity to commemorate her and the work she did - both because of her courage and also to draw attention to the fact many journalists risk their life for their work."

An application to re-name the flyover will be made at a Clondalkin committee meeting, with a decision expected to be made by South Dublin County Council by the end of the year.

"She stood up for what was right and made the ultimate sacrifice and I think she deserves to be remembered for that," said Mr Dowds.

Mr Donohoe said it would be "appropriate" to name the flyover after Ms Guerin, although a spokeswoman added that the decision is "entirely a matter for the local authority".

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