Veronica Guerin was an Irish journalist who was murdered in 1996.
Former finance minister Ruairí Quinn has revealed how an explosive meeting with civil servants in the weeks after the murder of Sunday Independent journalist Veronica Guerin resulted in the setting up of the Criminal Assets Bureau (Cab ).
When John Gilligan was released from prison in September 1993, having served three years for receiving stolen goods, he embarked on a career change that would have major implications for the future of organised crime in Ireland.
Journalism is printing what someone else does not want printed: everything else is public relations, wrote George Orwell. A quarter of a century ago, mother, wife, and reporter Veronica Guerin, was murdered for having the audacity to write what someone did not wish to read.
An Garda Síochána was still reeling from the murder of Detective Garda Jerry McCabe when Veronica Guerin was shot dead three weeks later by John Gilligan’s gang — a crime group who arrogantly considered themselves “untouchable”.
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.
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