NEWS — 07 April 2014

By staff reporter

Former NI secretary Peter Hain has said there should be an end to prosecutions over Northern Ireland’s Troubles.

He said during an interview with The Times that he knew his suggestion would cause anger amongst victims and survivors, but argued that it was a necessary step to stop Northern Ireland being “stalked” by its past

Such a move would mean there would be no prosecutions for the 3,000 still unsolved murders during thirty years of violence.

Mr Hain made his comments ahead of the arrival to London by President Michael D Higgins, for the first UK state visit by an Irish head of state.

A spokesperson for David Cameron said: “The prime minister does not support the idea of amnesties.”

Mr Hain was secretary of state for Northern Ireland from 2005 to 2007.

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