The MPs decided the letters were “questionably unlawful”, had “distorted the legal process” and they cast huge doubt on Tony Blair’s claim that he had little choice but to concede the letters to keep Sinn Féin onside. Photograph: Stefan Wermuth/Reuters

During multiple sessions for nearly a year the House of Commons Northern Ireland Affairs Committee probed and prodded ministers and officials to unear(...)

The year-long inquiry was prompted by the collapse in the prosecution of John Downey for the 1982 Hyde Park bombing. Downey was one of the recipients of the ‘on the run’ letters. Photograph: Oli Scarff/Getty Images.

Letters given by the British Government for nearly a decade to Republicans telling them they were not wanted for prosecution were “questionably unlawf(...)

John Downey, who denies murdering four  soldiers in an IRA bomb attack in Hyde Park, London, on July 20th, 1982. Photograph: Oli Scarff/Getty Images

A former Northern Ireland Office official has defended the fact he told Republicans they were not wanted for prosecution, saying letters were only sen(...)

Martin McGuinness and Rita O’Hare arriving at Dublin Airport in 2005. Photograph: Alan Betson

The Police Service of Northern Ireland has rejected demands by a Conservative MP to investigate a former Downing Street official’s decision to warn(...)

Former British prime minister Tony Blair answers questions at the parliamentary inquiry at the House of Commons in London, into the ‘on the runs’ letters and the deal he did with Sinn Féin to secure peace in Northern Ireland. Photograph: PA Wire

Former British prime minister Tony Blair has defended granting hundreds of letters to republicans telling them they were not wanted for prosecution, s(...)

Former British prime minister Tony Blair answers questions at the parliamentary inquiry in London, into the ‘on the runs’ (OTRs) letters and the deal he did with Sinn Féin to secure peace in Northern Ireland. Photograph: PA Wire

Former British prime minister, Tony Blair has said that the letters given to over 200 Republicans telling them they were not wanted for prosecution wa(...)

Former British prime minister Tony Blair, who is to give evidence before a parliamentary investigation into the “on the runs”  scheme for fugitive IRA members. Photograph: Philip Toscano/PA

Former British prime minister Tony Blair will today face questioning by a House of Commons committee into the role he played in offering letters to(...)

The Commons’ Northern Ireland Affairs Committee has sought to inquire into Tony Blair’s actions during his time in No 10 Downing Street. Photograph: PA

Former Labour prime minister, Tony Blair has finally bowed to demands from House of Commons MPs to appear before an inquiry investigating the decision(...)

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 (...)

The summons, which is highly embarrassing for Mr Blair, is the first time a House of Commons inquiry has had to order a former prime minister to come before it to give evidence. Photograph: Jim Hollander/EPA

Former British prime minister Tony Blair has been summoned to give evidence to MPs about the decision to tell hundreds of republican “on the runs” the(...)