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Blair says he is too busy to attend IRA ‘comfort letters’ probe

Blair says he is too busy to attend IRA 'comfort letters' probe

Former PM says he has ‘nothing to say’ after MPs try for six months to get him to answer questions.

‘Tony Blair has repeatedly attempted to duck out of an inquiry into the ‘comfort letters’ sent to IRA fugitives by claiming that his ‘commitments’ will make an appearance ‘challenging’.

The Northern Ireland affairs committee has spent more than six months attempting to question Mr Blair over secret deals that he made with Sinn Fein.

In the negotiations struck with the party, Mr Blair made promises to more than 200 people suspected of paramilitary offences that they would not face prosecution.

But in correspondence seen by The Times newspaper, the former Prime Minister claims that his ‘commitments in the Middle East and elsewhere’ mean that it will be ‘challenging’ for him to give face-to-face evidence to MPs about the letters.

He also added that he had nothing ‘new’ to say.’

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