There was outrage in Birmingham today to news that dozens of suspected IRA terrorists have been given letters guaranteeing them immunity from prosecution. The Prime Minister today launched a judicial inquiry.
Brian Hambleton, the brother of the youngest Birmingham pub bombings victim has been left wondering what bearing this will have on his family's 40 year quest for justice.
John Downey - suspected of killing four soldiers in London in 1982- walked free from the Old Bailey earlier this week when he produced a letter, sent to him by mistake in 2007, saying he was not wanted by the police.
The case has stirred painful memories for the families of 21 people murdered in Birmingham in two pub bombings in 1974. There are thought to be nearly 200 such letters in existence, issued to so-called "On-The-Runs" under a deal between Sinn Fein and the British government in 1998.
The Northern Ireland First Minister threatened to resign over the letters today and the Prime Minister agreed to his demand for a judicial review.
The judicial review will report back in May.