Dead horses lie covered up  after an IRA bomb exploded as the Household Cavalry was passing in Hyde Park, London in 1982. File Photograph: PA Wire

Former British prime minister Tony Blair could be called before a parliamentary inquiry to explain a secret deal he made with Sinn Féin to assure repu(...)

First Minister of Northern Ireland Peter  Robinson has  expressed “suspicion” that senior republicans such as Gerry Adams and Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness received official British guarantees that they would never face prosecution for alleged involvement in actions such as the killings of Jean McConville and Frank Hegarty. Photograph: Will Oliver/PA Wire

The comfort letters issued to the so-called republican on-the-runs (OTR) must be declared “null and void” so that pledges of non-prosecution should ha(...)

Northern Ireland First Minister Peter Robinson who is among those giving evidence to the House of Commons Northern Ireland Affairs committee which is examining the issue of the on the runs.

British government ministers justified the so-called on the runs scheme for republicans on the basis that they “were trying to bring peace” to Norther(...)

Former northern secretary Peter Hain insisted the deal over letters of comfort was not a secret one. Photograph: Paul Faith/PA.

Sinn Féin will not deal with the House of Commons Northern Ireland Affairs committee which is dealing with the issue of the so-called on the runs (OT(...)

Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness said Sinn Féin would decline the invitation to speak before the committee. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

Sinn Fein has said it will not give evidence before a Westminster committee investigating amnesties for republican fugitives.Deputy First Minister Mar(...)

Chief Constable Matt Baggott: writing to Norman Baxter requesting him to clarify and expand on claims  he made. Photograph: Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker

PSNI Chief Constable Matt Baggott has attempted to kick to touch serious allegations made by former senior police offic(...)

Sinn Féin’s Gerry Adams said: “Mr Baxter’s outlandish claim that the NIO was trying to avoid arresting republicans is nonsense.” Photograph: PA

A culture existed within the Northern Ireland Office whereby republican paramilitaries were not to be prosecuted, a former senior PSNI officer (...)