19/09/2017

Public Inquiry Into RHI Scheme Delayed

A public inquiry into a botched energy scheme has been delayed.

Hearings into the Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) scheme were to start in October, however they will now commence on 07 November.

An investigation by Spotlight revealed several errors in the scheme which will cost the public purse around £490million.

Chairman of the inquiry, Sir Patrick Coghlin, outlined the revised timetable on Monday, 18 September.
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Sinn Féin MLA Máirtín Ó Muilleor said the delay is "disappointing" but also "understandable".

He said: "It is important that happens because the need to get to the facts of the RHI scandal is just as prevalent now as it was when I instituted the inquiry.

"If we are to restore public confidence in the institutions of government then any negligence, incompetence, alleged corruption and abuse must be identified and those responsible held to account."

(CD/JP)

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