RHI inquiry to leave “no hiding places” says Ó Muilleoir
Posted By: January 22, 2017
RHI inquiry to leave “no hiding places,” says Ó Muilleoir
Finance Minister Máirtín Ó Muilleoir says a public inquiry into the
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The Sinn Féin man will meet with other parties on Monday to discuss the investigation and will make a statement to Assembly on Tuesday.
The controversial Renewable Heat Incentive is predicted to have an overspend of £490m over the next 20 years.
The way the scheme was handled and the response to details of it precipitated the collapse of the Stormont Executive.
The intention was to encourage businesses to switch from fossil fuels to supposed green energy but ended up paying out more than the cost of the fuel for the biomass boilers, effectively meaning the more a user burns, the more they earn.
There have been allegations of empty sheds being heated by people enrolled on the scheme, dubbed the “cash for ash” scandal.
Mr. O Muilleoir said of the inquiry, ” it will be impartial and objective, and it will be tasked with getting to the truth of this scandal.
“These meetings will provide an opportunity to discuss the terms of reference and hear the views of other parties.
“My objective remains to deliver a no-hiding-place inquiry that serves the public interest.” The DUP has welcomed the public inquiry, and the assembly recently voted in favor of one.
Mr. O Muilleoir gave a commitment that he or any Sinn Féin minister will release the public inquiry’s report in full on receipt.
He called on all parties to sign up to unrestricted, unedited publication.
The minister said the RHI issue went beyond financial matters to questions of governance and probity.
Voters in Northern Ireland are set to go to the polls on March 2 after deputy first minister Martin McGuinness resigned in protest over the flawed scheme.