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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.


OAP assaulted after photographing Gerry Adams mural

A 74-year-old man believed to be photographing a new mural hailing Gerry Adams as a peacemaker, has been assaulted.

The mural in the republican Falls Road area of West Belfast depicts the Sinn Fein president beside the words "peacemaker, leader, visionary" and was a response to his arrest.

The new mural depicting Gerry Adams, in the Falls Road area of Belfast. Credit: PA

The photographer suffered cuts and bruises during Sunday's attack, a Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI) spokesman said.

"It was reported that a 74-year-old man was taking photographs of murals when he was approached by three unknown males. The males assaulted the man and stole his camera."

Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness launched the new mural at the weekend, which sits alongside one commemorating 1981 Maze prison IRA hunger striker Bobby Sands.

Hundreds of political paintings were created around Northern Ireland in republican and loyalist areas during the 30-year conflict.

Sinn Fein to 'monitor and review' relationship with PSNI

Sinn Fein assembly member Alex Maskey seen with Gerry Adams in 2010. Credit: Paul Faith/PA Archive

Sinn Fein assembly member Alex Maskey has said his party will not withdraw support for policing after Gerry Adam's arrest and detention but will continue to "monitor and review" its relationship with the Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI).

Mr Maskey said the people he represents are "scathing in their anger" at the PSNI, who he accused of losing the respect of the local community by holding Mr Adams in connection with the 1972 murder of Jean McConville.

He told BBC Radio 4's Today programme: "We have a small element of people involved in policing who are politically motivated, who have a hostile attitude to our party, who have been taking very retrograde steps in relation to how they deal with policing."

Sinn Fein's Kelly: Adams arrest 'is political policing'

Senior Sinn Fein Stormont assembly member Gerry Kelly said the arrest and continued detention of Mr Adams was deliberately timed to coincide with the elections in three weeks' time.

He added:

This is political policing at its most blatant.

Sinn Fein will not be intimidated by the action of a small cabal in the PSNI who are opposed to the peace process and political change.

Tebbit says he 'hopes' McGuinness is 'shot in the back'

Lord Tebbit has come under fire after suggesting he hoped Sinn Fein politician Martin McGuinness would be "shot in the back".

Lord Tebbit speaking in the House of Lords Credit: PA/PA Archive/Press Association Images

The former Conservative chairman, who was himself injured in the 1984 Brighton hotel bombing, suggested Mr McGuinness' presence yesterday at a state banquet with the Queen might anger hardline Republicans.

"There's always the possibility that a member of the Real IRA will be so outraged by Mr McGuinness bowing to the Queen that they might shoot him in the back for it. We can but hope," he said.

Sinn Fein leader Gerry Adams expressed outrage at the comments, saying:

"To publicly advocate the assassination of Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness is a shocking throwback to a violent past from which we are seeking to move on."

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