RTÉ’s A Legacy series returns for a second season profiling iconic Irish figures. In the year that marks the twentieth anniversary of the shooting of Veronica Guerin, the first of three episodes takes a timely look back at the life of the Irish journalist, her work, and her murder.
As well as the tragic loss of a much-loved and talented reporter, Veronica’s brutal murder at the hands of the Gilligan gang was a watershed in Irish public life. Her death was described in the Dáil as an “attack on democracy” and the Government moved quickly to crack down on organized crime through the introduction of the Criminal Assets Bureau and other measures.
The documentary asks whether her legacy has been honored, as we find ourselves once more in the midst of a spate of brutal gun murders by drugs gangs. We hear from her husband, Graham Turley and her son Cathal; from friends and colleagues; and from the people who were key in the establishment and operation of CAB.
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