RHI judge to give update

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A public inquiry into the botched Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) scheme will hold a preliminary hearing next week.

Chairman of the probe, retired appeal court judge Sir Patrick Coghlin, will outline details about how the inquiry is gathering evidence.

He will also introduce his panel team and outline the work undertaken by the inquiry team so far.

The hearing will take place in Stormont’s Parliament Buildings at 11am on Thursday, April 27.

The RHI inquiry was set up after it emerged that the green energy scheme was approximately £490 million over budget.

The fallout from the scandal resulted in the collapse of the Stormont’s institutions.

Sinn Fein’s Mairtin O Muilleoir instigated a public inquiry into the RHI scandal when he was finance minister. He said it would be appropriate for it to report within six months.

However, in March Sir Patrick warned the inquiry would not be able to complete its work within a six-month time frame. He was unable to indicate how long it would take.

He also ruled out a preliminary report.