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Sinn Féin pours cold water over calls for full public inquiry

Posted By: December 31, 2016

John Manley. Irish News. Belfast. Saturday, December 31, 2016In his new year message, Sinn Féin president Gerry Adams last night claimed the DUP had “seriously damaged the credibility of the Assembly, Executive and the Office of the First Minister and Deputy First Minister.”“The DUP’s actions are not acceptable, and this issue is not going away.“I hope that First Minister Arlene Foster […]

Hamilton defends Foster over her letter to banks

Posted By: December 31, 2016

David Young.Irish News.Belfast. Saturday, December 31, 2016 One of Arlene Foster’s ministerial colleagues has claimed political rivals calling for her resignation as are more interested in a scalp than the truth.Economy minister and fellow DUP member Simon Hamilton defended his party leader after a renewed wave of calls for her to step aside over her handling of the botched energy scheme.He accused opposition MLAs […]

Green energy body had twice warned of flaws

Posted By: December 31, 2016

Andrew Madden. Irish News. Belfast. Saturday, December 31, 2016 A LEADING green energy consortium strenuously warned officials about potential abuses of the botched Renewable Heat Initiative (RHI) scheme on two occasions.Biomass Energy Northern Ireland (BENI), a consortium made up of leading renewable energy companies, responded to two separate consultations by the Department of Enterprise, Trade and Investment (Deti) expressing concerns.On Thursday, The Irish News revealed […]

Six alarms went unheeded

Posted By: December 31, 2016

Andrew Madden. Irish News. Belfast. Saturday, December 31, 2016 THE LATEST revelations surrounding the Renewable Heat Initiative scheme brings the total number of missed warnings about flaws in its development to six.The Department of Enterprise, Trade and Investment (Deti), led by Arlene Foster, launched the scheme in November 2012.* On Thursday, The Irish News revealed that September 2011, more than a year before […]

Will drip feed have a tipping point?

Posted By: December 31, 2016

  If Sinn Fein walks away from the executive Arlen Foster may become an electoral liability.  Picture by Stefan Rousseau/PA Wire Since the RHI scandal gathered pace a matter of weeks ago, there have been a series of revelations that have undermined Arlene Foster’s leadership of the DUP.From the revelation about her former special adviser’s brother being […]

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