Tony Blair and Peter Hain (centre) seen with Martin McGuinness,  Bertie Ahern and Ian Paisley at Stormont on May 8th, 2007. Hain has been  accused of giving a “less than helpful” testimony to a House of Commons inquiry into the operation of the On The Runs to 200 Republicans. Photograph: Paul Faith/Reuters.

Former Northern Ireland Secretary of State, Labour MP Peter Hain has been accused of giving “less than helpful” and “certainly incomplete” testimony t(...)

John Downey: his prosecution for murdering four British soldiers in an IRA bomb attack in London’s Hyde Park in 1982 was stayed by an Old Bailey judge, who said he could not be tried because he had relied on a letter of comfort, issued in 2007. Photograph: Oli Scarff/Getty Images

British prime minister David Cameron and Northern Ireland Secretary Theresa Villiers have barred two officials from giving evidence on Wednesday to a (...)

 Peter Hain: said letters to on the runs  were a crucial part of the jigsaw that led Sinn Féin to support policing in 2007. File Photograph: John Stillwell/PA Wire

Former Northern Ireland Secretary of State Peter Hain was told in 2006 John Downey was wanted for the 1982 Hyde Park bombing — even though the Donegal(...)

Laurence Robertson, Conservative MP who chairs the NI affairs committee, said he was surprised and disappointed that Sinn Féin had refused to answer questions about the on-the-runs scheme.  Photograph: Dan Kitwood/Getty Images

The unravelling of the agreement reached with the British government over so-called on-the-runs (OTRs) would set “a dangerous precedent”, Sinn Féin(...)

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(...)