Veronica may now be a saint, but she was no angel
Confident, fearless and sometimes infuriating, Veronica brought a refreshing energy to a team of forceful journalists who courted controversy, writes Shane Ross
The murder of young, crusading women provokes a particular revulsion. Twenty years ago in Ireland the victim was journalist Veronica Guerin. Last week in England it was Labour MP Jo Cox. Veronica left an only child, Jo two children.
After their deaths, both women's shocked nations went into a spontaneous period of mourning, worthy of a head of state. In Ireland the political reaction was dramatic, the law was changed within weeks. In the UK, frenetic political activity has been temporarily suspended out of respect for the murdered mother.
I worked with Veronica in the Sunday Independent at the time of her death in 1996. I did not know her well, partly because I was a relatively new business editor, but more probably because she was out of the office on missions for much of the time.