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Mother of slain journalist Veronica dies in hospital

THE mother of slain crime journalist Veronica Guerin has died.

Bernie Guerin, who had been staying with her daughter Claire in Co Kerry, passed away in hospital last night.

After Veronica's murder in 1996, Bernie campaigned for money seized by the Criminal Assets Bureau (CAB) to be used to help people hurt by drugs.

Veronica was shot dead by the gang controlled by trafficker John Gilligan, who went on to develop the Jessbrook equestrian centre before he was arrested and jailed for 17 years.

Jessbrook was seized by the CAB, leading to calls by Bernie that the proceeds from its sale be used for good.

SYMPATHY

"My one hope is that it is not going to go into the banks or disappear into government funds," she said in 2012.

"Veronica had so much sympathy for people and the least she deserves is that something will be done in her memory – after all, the CAB was set up as a response to her murder."

Speaking in a documentary broadcast in 2008, Bernie told how it was her son Jimmy who broke the news that her daughter had been killed.

"I can't remember a lot, just screaming," she said. "My screaming was hurting my ears."

hnews@herald.ie


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