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.