Ford urges parties not to quit talks despite difficulties

Justice Minister David Ford

Justice Minister David Ford

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The controversy over a Government scheme to deal with on-the-run Irish republicans should not be allowed to derail the peace process, justice minister David Ford said.

He urged members of Northern Ireland’s devolved power-sharing executive not to walk away from talks aimed at tackling the toxic legacy left by the conflict.

A probe was ordered by Prime Minister David Cameron after a case against a man accused of the IRA’s Hyde Park bombing collapsed because he had received a letter under a Northern Ireland Office scheme saying he was not wanted by the UK authorities.

 

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