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Sinn Fein to attend events when Charles visits Ireland

The Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall will spend four days in Ireland. Credit: Peter Byrne / PA Wire/PA Images

Sinn Fein president Gerry Adams has confirmed his party will attend some events when the Prince of Wales visits Ireland for four days this week.

The move was widely expected given the recent thawing in relations between the republican party and the Royals, beginning with the Queen's historic handshake with former IRA commander Martin McGuinness in Belfast in 2012.

Mr Adams said his party's governing Ard Chomhairle had agreed that representatives should attend events which will see Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall fulfil engagements on both sides of the border.

This week's Royal visit will provide another highly symbolic moment when Charles visits the scene of Lord Mountbatten's murder by the IRA in 1979.

The Royal couple will tour Mullaghmore in Co Sligo where his great-uncle and godfather was killed by a booby trap bomb while on a fishing holiday.

Prince Charles is the Colonel-in-Chief of the Parachute Regiment. A regiment of the British Army that has been responsible for killing of many Irish citizens...

But he also has been bereaved by the actions of republicans. Thankfully the conflict is over. But there remains unresolved injustices. These must be rectified and a healing process developed.

There is a responsibility on us all to promote reconciliation and seek to promote healing.

– Gerry Adams

Tony Blair could face public inquiry over on-the-runs deal

Former Prime Minister Tony Blair. Credit: PA

Former prime minister Tony Blair could be called before a parliamentary inquiry to explain a 'secret' deal he made with Sinn Fein during the Irish peace process, the Sunday Telegraph reported.

The deal saw 200 letters of assurances sent to fugitives known as 'on-the-runs' telling them they were not wanted by the police in the UK.

However, it did not rule out future prosecutions if new evidence emerged.

MPs on the Northern Ireland Affairs Committee are investigating the collapse of the case against John Downey, who was wrongly assured he was not wanted, when in fact Metropolitan Police were looking for him in connection with the 1982 Hyde Park bombings.

The Committee may now seek Mr Blair to give evidence as his role in orchestrating the deal is coming under increasing scrutiny.

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