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:: Veronica Guerin

We are taken to the North side of Dublin in the mid 1990s; to a community falling apart at the seams. Heroin plagues the streets and dealers prey on the youth, operating business from the back seat of their Mercedes. Virtually untouched by the authorities, crime rings run riot under the watchful eye of well to do crime bosses while teenagers perish with needles in their arms. The situation is dire but it's an underground world and the strings of the network are far from the community's reach.

Acting as head puppeteer to the illicit goings on, John Gilligan, (Gerard McSorley) maintains a hedonistic lifestyle, preferring to delegate responsibilities to his band of footmen who happily do his dirty work for him. Greedy and extremely violent in nature, Gilligan keeps a very low profile, ever protective of the extensive empire he has made for himself. But not all the criminals in his ring are as humble as he and when crime journalist Veronica Guerin (Cate Blanchett) turns her investigative eye toward the underground world of drugs and crime in Dublin, she calls upon John Traynor (Ciaran Hinds) a shady operator associated with the underworld scene. In love with his status in the criminal circuit, Traynor offers Guerin titbits of information for her to use in her crime report published
each week in the Sunday Independent, Dublin's top press publication.

Veronica Guerin is the true story of a modern day Joan of Arc. Disgusted at the lack of awareness by the community surrounding the underworld happenings in their city, Guerin determinedly sets about unearthing the seedy lives of the vultures at the centre of its demise. Through her contacts within the
crime ring, Guerin's weekly column actively highlights the clandestine happenings in Dublin's underworld. In an attempt to arouse public upheaval, Guerin points fingers; naming names in the hope that the guilty parties will be flushed out of their comfort zone. In doing so, however, she runs the
gauntlet between speaking out and forever being silenced. With a family of her own Guerin juggles her work as crime commentator with her home life, battling against the concerns expressed by her husband Graham (Barry Barnes) and mother Bernie (Brenda Fricker). Yet, with a revolution to lead Guerin is loyal to her cause and doggedly pursues the villains in this David versus Goliath tale of woe.

The film takes you through the gritty reality of contemporary Dublin and highlights the gravity of the drug issue which plagued the city in the years preceding the significant law amendments relating to serious organised crime. It also illustrates the hesitant political climate that for so long had allowed such criminals to operate freely and without condemnation. While there may be no happy ending in this factual run of events, Veronica Guerin is a film about initiating change for the greater good. When we live in a society which often shuns journalists for their hard ball antics in the pursuit of a good story, it is refreshing to know that there are those out there who earnestly strive to make a difference in this oftentimes unjust and unfriendly world.