Saturday 20 January 2018

Sinn Fein's petty objections to plaque honouring Veronica are hypocritical

SF's stance on remembering Veronica Guerin in Dublin is in contrast to the lauding of its own "heroes" up North

Veronica Guerin. Photo: Brian Farrell
Veronica Guerin. Photo: Brian Farrell
Willie Kealy

Willie Kealy

'A hierarchy of victims." If I gave you three guesses as to where such a mantra might originate, I think two of them would be superfluous.

Yes, you're right. It's straight out of the Sinn Fein little book of slogans.

There's one for every occasion. The occasion for this particular beauty was the proposal by a Labour councillor, Breda Bonner, that the new N7 flyover at Newlands Cross in Dublin, should be named after Veronica Guerin. Newlands Cross is the spot on what used to be called the Naas Road where Veronica was gunned down by gangsters led by John Gilligan. She was murdered because Gilligan, a crime boss who believed himself untouchable by the law, did not like the media limelight she had begun to shine on his activities. She was killed for doing her job, a job that involved delivering a valuable service to the public.

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