On 26 June 1996 crime reporter Veronica Guerin was murdered in her car as she waited at traffic lights on the Naas dual carriageway near Newlands Cross in Clondalkin, West Dublin. She was shot six times.
The Independent newspaper journalist was returning from a court appearance in Naas. She had been charged with speeding and feared that she might lose her driving licence. Michael Hickey, who was in court with her speaks to RTÉ News about his last moments with Veronica before she was brutally gunned down.
One of the first people on the scene of the crime was local parish priest Father Hever McMahon, who had married Veronica Guerin to Graham Turley. At the scene, he comments,
She had a great mixture of gifts and she certainly was a very brave woman.
Veronica Guerin had on two previous occasions been the victim of gun attacks. Superintendent Brian O'Higgins says that the Garda investigations will be keeping an open mind as to what happened. Gardaí have issued a description of the two men who carried out the attack.
The first is a heavy set man aged about thirty. The second a much smaller man.
An RTÉ News report by Paschal Sheehy broadcast on 26 June 1996.