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Veronica Guerin : the life and death of a crime reporter
O'Reilly, Emily.
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London : Vintage, [1998]

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xviii, 190 pages ; 20 cm
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"A Vintage original".
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Thirty-six year old crime replorter with the SUNDAY INDEPENDANT, Veronica Guerin was the first journalist to be murdered in Ireland as a direct consequence of her work; investigating the shadowy figures of Dublin's underworld. Shot by a motor cycle pillion passenger while stopped at traffic lights on the outskirts of Dublin at 1pm on 26 June 1996, this was the third time she had been attacked. Her death was one of the biggest news stories in Ireland in years and profoundly shocked the country.

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Emily O'Reilley worked as a political columnist at the Sunday Times and as the Political Editor of the Sunday Business Post. A former Nieman Fellow at Harvard University, she has been Journalist of the year and Woman Journalist of the Year. In 2003 she was appointed as Ireland's first women Ombudsman and Freedom of Information Commissioner. She is the author of two books; Candidate : The Truth Behind the Presidential Campaign (1991), and Masterminds of the right (1992)

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Publisher's Weekly Review

In a vivid biographical portrait of slain Irish journalist Victoria Guerin, O'Reilly (Masterminds of the Right) tells a compelling story while thoughtfully exploring issues of journalistic ethics. When Guerin was shot dead in June 1996, she had been writing a series of investigative reports about the shadowy Dublin underworld for the Sunday Independent. She had interviewed notorious criminal Martin Cahill (subject of John Boorman's recent film, The General) shortly before he was killed in 1994. Cahill's death left Guerin free to describe his life and criminal associates in greater detail; still, those who knew the inner workings of Dublin's armed gangs feared for her safety. Guerin, writes O'Reilly, was uncommonly aggressive in pursuit of a story and "showed no discriminationÄan approach to a known or suspected psychopath was carried out as nonchalantly as an approach to a harmless politician." Although O'Reilly believes that Guerin was reckless in ignoring the obvious warning signs, she concludes that Guerin was ultimately a victim of the tabloid tactics of her employers, whose sensationalist promotional stuntsÄpicture bylines and personalized headlines such as "I'm Threatened In Underworld Battle for City"Ämade her a very visible target. O'Reilly turns Geurin's case into a cautionary tale about what can happen when the media is determined to sell papers at any cost. (May) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved