Pressure mounts after warnings exposed over RHI

Posted By: December 30, 2016

“There are only two possible explanations: Either the minister was simply not in control of her department and failed to ask even the most basic of questions from officials, or they knew of the warnings and proceeded regardless. “In either case, it smacks of a minister asleep at the wheel, happy to take credit for others’ good work but refusing to take responsibility for […]

Rivals challenge Foster’s RHI claim after ‘guarantee’ letter to banks revealed

Posted By: December 30, 2016

Belfast Telegraph. Friday, December 30, 2016 First Minister Arlene Foster A pledge by Stormont’s First Minister to claw back millions committed in a botched energy scheme has been questioned after it emerged she told bankers that payments would be guaranteed.In a letter to Northern Ireland’s leading banks written at the outset of the ill-fated Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI), Arlene Foster […]

Secret files reveal fears of Robinson plotting to declare north independent

Posted By: December 30, 2016

Barrister – now top judge – said to be fierce critic of RUC and UDR British officials believed Peter Robinson was plotting to declare an independent Northern Ireland  in the aftermath of the Anglo-Irish Agreement, secret government papers reveal. Staff Reporter. Irish News. Belfast. Friday, December 30, 2016 In 1986 the chief adviser to prime minister Margaret Thatcher warned Irish […]

“To leave Sinn Féin is to leave the IRA,” Adams told ardfheis.

Posted By: December 30, 2016

State papers 1986: Delegates voted to end policy of abstentionism, leading to walk-out by dissidentsStephen Collins. Irish Times. Friday, December 30, 2016 The stage-management skills of Gerry Adams were remarked on in a Department of Foreign Affairs assessment of Sinn Féin’s decision to end the policy of abstentionism in 1986.The document also pointed out how Adams and Martin McGuinness had emphasized that […]

Declassified files: Top lawyer scathing about RUC and UDR

Posted By: December 30, 2016

Former chief constable Sir John Hermons impact on the RUC was dismissedBrian Hutton. News Letter. Belfast. Friday, December 30, 2016One of Northern Ireland’s top judges believed the RUC was “worse and more sectarian” during the 1980s than it had been for decades, according to previously secret papers.In a private conversation with the Irish Ambassador Noel Dorr in 1986, […]

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