Tony Blair says Ireland needed a controversial scheme to fight terror

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Tony Blair says Ireland needed a controversial scheme to fight terror

The former Prime Minister Tony Blair says the Northern Ireland peace process would have collapsed without a controversial scheme, that saw letters sent to more than 200 people wanted for terrorist activity.

Mr Blair was giving evidence to a group of MPs investigating the so-called ‘On The Runs’ programme.

It came to light last year after one of the letters caused the collapse of the Hyde Park bomb trial.

Today, Tony Blair explained the rationale behind the scheme, and who it aimed to deal with.

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