As news of Veronica Guerin's death on 26 June 1996 filtered out across the media her family, friends, colleagues and politicians spoke out to condemn her death and honour her life and work.
Veronica Guerin lived in Cloghran near Dublin airport with her husband Graham and their six year old son Cathal. Veronica's brother Ray Brennan told RTÉ News how Graham had been devastated by the murder and he appealed for privacy for the family in the aftermath of the killing.
Veronica's colleagues at Independent Newspapers were numbed by the news of her death. Sunday Independent Editor Aengus Fanning spoke to RTÉ News reporter Colm Connolly at Dublin airport having just returned from London.
This is one of the darkest days in the history of Irish journalism and in the history of Independent newspapers. Veronica Guerin was a remarkable journalist.
Fanning also comments on the security arrangements that were in place to protect Veronica after previous threats were made on her life. Eoin Ronayne of the NUJ says that Veronica's death raises many questions for the safety of journalists in carrying out their work.
In Dáil Éireann government and opposition leaders expressed their sympathy to Veronica's family over her tragic death, with Taoiseach John Bruton describing her death as
An attack on democracy as a whole because it is an attack on one of the pillars of democracy
Fianna Fáíl leader Bertie Ahern also paid tribute to Veronica saying that those responsible must be brought to justice.
Speaking from New York, Minister for Justice Nora Owen described her killers as
Evil, serious criminals
After the tributes in the Dáil the house observed a minute's silence to pay their respects to Veronica Guerin.
An RTÉ News report by Colm Connolly broadcast on 26 June 1996.
Roisín Duffy takes a look back at the career of Veronica Guerin and the contribution she made to the world of journalism.
In six short years she gained a reputation as a leading investigative reporter
Veronica was the journalist who tracked down Bishop Casey to Ecuador and secured an interview with the man. But perhaps her strongest characteristic was her courage as she exposed Dublin's criminal underworld. In October 1994 two bullets were fired through the front window of her home in Cloghran. Undeterred by the threats Veronica continued to expose crime and corruption and was again threatened, this time resulting in a bullet in her thigh. This report includes archive footage of Veronica describing what happened. Even after this she was determined to get back to work with the acknowledgement that all crime reporters are potential targets for criminals.
It was said of her that she shone a light into the darkest areas of Irish society. Today she paid an unacceptable price.