RHI Scandal

Details of first RHI inquiry hearing

The public inquiry into the non-domestic Renewable Heat Incentive scheme (RHI) will hold a preliminary hearing on Thursday 27 April at Stormont.

Most RHI wood pellet boilers have never been inspected by anyone

RHI man used a year’s heat in three months – but payments weren’t stopped

RHI inspectors found that one individual had used more heat in three months than they had said they would use in an entire year – but their payments were not stopped.

Moy Park encouraged its suppliers to use RHI boilers to heat their poultry sheds

Moy Park was told of RHI cost controls just before the ‘spike’

Months before cost controls were introduced on the RHI scheme, major poultry processor Moy Park was aware of the looming changes and passed the information on to farmers.

Wood pellets

RHI: Stormont apology after company wrongly listed as making 10 times more from scheme

A Stormont department has apologised after stating that a company received 10 times more money under the Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) scheme than it actually did.

Arlene Foster was minister when the RHI scheme was set up. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.

Civil servants release RHI papers which DUP minister blocked

Just last month a DUP minister blocked the release of documents which showed the reasoning behind Arlene Foster’s answer to a key question about the RHI scheme – but now civil servants have released that information to the News Letter.

For every �1 worth of pellets burned, the RHI scheme pays out �1.60

RHI scandal: Almost £1,000 a day for one man’s 10 ‘spike’ boilers

A business which was only set up as the RHI spike was starting is now making almost £1,000 a day from taxpayers after it managed to install 10 wood pellet boilers just before the lucrative and unlimited scheme was capped.


VIDEO: RHI - the story so far

Following Thursday’s publication of the names of companies which signed up to the Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) scheme, we take a look at how the story has developed.

Five Sainsbury's stores have RHI boilers - but not the most lucrative category.

Churches, supermarkets and car dealerships on RHI list

The list published yesterday by the Department for the Economy contains many high profile businesses and organisations.

One of the boilers on Paul Hobson's farm

Farmer who got £660k for 13 RHI boilers says only £80k was profit

One farmer has been paid almost £660,000 from the RHI scheme in less than four years, it has been revealed.

Senior Renewable Heat Association figure Michael Doran

Claimants: Don’t assume that these people are abusing RHI

The body which represents several hundred RHI claimants has urged the public not to assume that any of those named on the first list of RHI claimants are doing anything wrong.

Wood pellets

RHI: Companies signed up to scheme are named

Companies which signed up to the Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) scheme have been named.

Burning wood pellets

In full: List of non-domestic RHI claimants published today

After months of delay, the Department of the Economy has today published the names of most claimants under the non-domestic Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) scheme.

Sinn Fein's Michelle O'Neill (centre) and Gerry Adams (right) with other Assembly members speaking outside Stormont Castle.

Adams: Foster's position as First Minister will only be discussed after agreement

Arlene Foster's position as First Minister in the next Northern Ireland Assembly will only be discussed once overall agreement has been reached, Sinn Fein president Gerry Adams has said.

Simon Hamilton pictured at Stormont yesterday

RHI scandal: Departing DUP minister blocked multiple FoI requests

Just hours before he left office last week, a DUP minister blocked eight separate News Letter Freedom of Information requests for documents relating to the RHI scheme.

Sinn Fein president Gerry Adams with NI leader Michelle O'Neill

Adams: 'Perpetual Unionist majority' at Stormont 'demolished'

Sinn Fein leader Gerry Adams has said the "perpetual unionist majority" at Stormont has been "demolished" following the result of the Northern Ireland Assembly election.

DUP leader Arlene Foster

Arrogance claims are political 'smears': Foster

Arlene Foster has branded claims she is arrogant as political "smears", insisting she would rather the electorate judge her character.
Michael Doran, managing director of Action Renewables

RHI boilers being used as political football, court told

Renewable Heat Incentive boiler owners fighting to stop publication of their names are being used as a political football, the High Court heard on Wednesday.

Alliance Party leader Naomi Long at their manifesto launch in the Park Avenue Hotel in east Belfast

Alliance: Forget RHI, £800m cost of divided society our real scandal

The £800 million annual cost of a segregated society is the “real scandal” of Northern Ireland’s government, the Alliance Party leader has said.

A biomass boiler, such as those used under the RHI scheme

Election Diary: RHI audits won’t begin until after the election

The Stormont department responsible for the RHI scheme is planning to begin tendering to inspect every non-domestic RHI installation just four days after the election.

Green Party leader Steven Agnew made the request for information last month

RHI scandal: ‘Ridiculous’ lack of clarity over Green Party request

A refusal to release ministerial advice surrounding the RHI scheme over fears that it could lead to ‘lower quality decision making,’ has been branded “simply ridiculous” by Steven Agnew.

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