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Veronica Guerin: murdered in search of the truth

Liam Collins


Veronica Guerin was utterly determined to expose Dublin’s dangerous criminal underworld. Her murder caused sorrow, anger and guilt among her ‘Sunday Independent’ colleagues, writes Liam Collins, who was one of them  

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Journalist Veronica Guerin speaking at a Fianna Fail conference on crime, April 1996. Picture by Eamonn Farrell

Journalist Veronica Guerin speaking at a Fianna Fail conference on crime, April 1996. Picture by Eamonn Farrell

Journalist Veronica Guerin speaking at a Fianna Fail conference on crime, April 1996. Picture by Eamonn Farrell

Twenty-five years later the memories are fragmentary, although not the person. Veronica Guerin, the most iconic figure of the modern-day Sunday Independent, was probably the person we saw least. Her office was her car, her mobile phones, the road and wherever it and her boundless energy took her.

When she did come in, she rarely sat. Instead, she stood behind the news desk, one leg braced against the back wall, her eyes focused down the long newsroom, taking in everything.


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