Tuesday 26 June 2001 was the fifth anniversary of the murder of the journalist, Veronica Guerin. To mark that anniversary a special memorial was unveiled in the grounds of Dublin Castle.
The Sunday Independent reporter was killed on 26 June, 1996, when one of two men on a motorcycle shot her at close range as she waited in her car, at traffic lights on the Naas Road in Dublin.
Her death led to Ireland's largest criminal investigation resulting in over 150 arrests; a crackdown on organised-crime gangs and the establishment of the Criminal Assets Bureau.
In November 1998 Dublin drug dealer, Paul Ward, was convicted of Guerin's murder and sentenced to life in prison. Another man, Brian Meehan, was accused of driving the motorcycle and sentenced to life imprisonment in July 1999. John Gilligan, suspected of leading the gang responsible for her death, was also charged with murder but he was acquitted on that charge. However, Gilligan was sentenced to a total of 28 years by the Special Criminal Court for drug trafficking offences.