Sunday 25 February 2018

Veronica was certainly not one to miss an opportunity

Once she got her teeth into something, the thought of backing down was not entertained, writes Celia Larkin

I can remember the place and the person who told me. And the disbelief. Working in Leinster House at the time, I was crossing the road between Setanta House and the Dail when the late Joe Doyle of Fine Gael told me Veronica Guerin had been shot. Shock, incredulity: this was not something that happened in Ireland. This was something you expected to happen in a South American dictatorship. Not something that happened to a Sunday Independent journalist in civilised Ireland.

I first met Veronica when we were both in our early 20s and active in Ogra Fianna Fail. Sean Haughey was running for a position on the National Youth Committee and Veronica was campaigning with him. Even at that time, she struck me as focused, articulate and driven.

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