RHI scandal: Foster’s department was warned before whistle-blower

Posted By: December 31, 2016

Sam McBride. News Letter. Belfast. Saturday, December 31, 2016Just seven months into the RHI scheme, Arlene Foster’s department was explicitly warned about the worst abuses – buildings being needlessly heated, with windows opened, to collect lucrative subsidies.Crucially, the warning came before a whistle-blower personally contacting Mrs. Foster in late 2013 about how the supposedly environmentally friendly energy scheme was actually incentivising claimants to waste […]

In the absence of humility, First Minister’s position is increasingly precarious

Posted By: December 31, 2016

Sam McBride. News Letter. Belfast. Saturday, December 31, 2016It is a measure of the depth of the political chasm in which Arlene Foster finds herself that her response has effectively been an attempt to persuade the public that the department which she ran for seven years was dysfunctional.That she has done so —when the consequences of that dysfunctionality on her watch […]

RHI scandal: Foster will not step aside ‘for a single day’: DUP

Posted By: December 31, 2016

First Minister Arlene FosterStephen Gamble. News Letter. Belfast. Saturday, December 31, 2016The first minister is facing fresh calls to step down after it was revealed she wrote to banks encouraging support for the bungled Renewable Heat Incentive scheme.In a letter to Northern Ireland’s leading banks written when the scheme was first set up, Arlene Foster – who was then […]

UDR increasingly embarrassing for British government

Posted By: December 31, 2016

[State Papers recently released under 20-year-rule]Éamon Phoenix. Irish News. Belfast. Saturday, December 31, 2016THE image and activities of the UDR proved an increasingly embarrassing issue for the British government in the run-up to and after the Anglo-Irish Agreement.The UDR’s credibility was first raised by the secretary of state Douglas Hurd who requested an “in-house discussion with ministers” in November 1984.In anticipation, PWJ […]

Lack of RHI rules poses a problem for Stormont

Posted By: December 31, 2016

One of the main uses for RHI appears to be heating barns full of chickens – in fact; this may well turn out to be the single costliest application of the scheme Newton Emerson. Irish News, Belfast. Saturday, December 31, 2016HOW do you accuse people of breaking the rules when you ensured there were no rules?That is the […]

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