RHI Scandal

Key official in set up of RHI was put forward for bonuses due to work

The civil servant who was the most involved in the setting up of the RHI scheme was working so hard that he was recommended for bonuses, the public inquiry into the RHI scandal has heard.

Donal Lunny, junior counsel to the inquiry, speaking during yesterday's hearing

Major consultancy paid £100k to advise on RHI made basic error

A leading economic consultancy which regularly does work for governments around the world contributed to the ‘cash for ash’ scandal by a basic error which “the man in the street” would have realised was significant, a public inquiry has been told.

RHI inquiry chairman Sir Patrick Coghlin, centre, with panel member Dame Una O'Brien and Dr Keith MacClean, the inquiry's technical assessor

As one Stormont department tried to rein in RHI, another marketed it

The chairman of the public inquiry into the RHI scandal has expressed surprise that officials in one Stormont department were promoting the disastrous scheme months after officials in another Stormont department had started trying to rein it in.


Sam McBride: RHI Inquiry will impact on entire Stormont edifice

Just four days into the RHI public inquiry, it is clear that this process will have profound implications – not just for Arlene Foster and for the DUP, but for the entire nature of government in Northern Ireland and whether devolution returns.

Arlene Foster

Foster’s officials ‘were warned of key RHI flaw’

Five months before the RHI scheme began, experts warned Arlene Foster’s department to delay the launch so that cost controls could be included – but officials said that the DUP minister was determined to press ahead with the scheme, the public inquiry into the scandal has been told.


RHI law drafted before policy even decided

Officials in Arlene Foster’s department took the “strange” decision to commission a legal firm to draft the text of the RHI regulations more than a year before the department had even formally decided that there should be an RHI scheme, the inquiry was told.


Existence of third whistleblower who came to Sinn Féin revealed

An employee of Ofgem, which runs the RHI scheme on behalf of Stormont, came forward as a whistleblower at the start of this year, it has emerged.

The Independent Public Inquiry into the Non Domestic Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) Scheme pictured in the Senate Chamber, Parliament Buildings.
Picture By: Arthur Allison.

Forensic work to examine devices revealed at first day of RHI inquiry

A massive trawl for evidence about the RHI scandal has involved the forensic examination of electronic devices and has uncovered text messages between senior government figures.

Handout video grab taken from the Renewable Heat Incentive inquiry of Sir Patrick Coghlin addressing the opening of the inquiry into the botched green energy scheme which triggered the collapse of political powersharing in Northern Ireland. Photo credit: RHI Inquiry/PA Wire

RHI Inquiry chairman vows ‘objective’ probe

The chairman of a public inquiry into a botched green energy scheme that triggered the collapse of powersharing in Northern Ireland has vowed to conduct an objective and transparent investigation.

RHI inquiry chairman Sir Patrick Coghlin and members of his team at a preliminary hearing in September. Picture: Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker

After amassing one million pages, RHI inquiry to begin

The public inquiry into the RHI scandal has set out details of when its first witnesses will give evidence in public.

RHI claimants were told that the subsidies were exempt from future change

Claimants should have known our RHI ‘guarantee’ might be broken, says department

Although government told RHI claimants that the subsidies were set in stone for 20 years, boiler owners should have realised that there was the possibility of change, a government lawyer has told Belfast High Court.


RHI overspend far greater than first feared, department tells court

The already vast scale of the overspend on the RHI scheme is much worse than first feared, the Stormont department responsible for the debacle has told the High Court.

Andrew Trimble and Tom Forgrave, executive chairman and director of the Renewable Heat Association NI, outside the High Court in Belfast

Department's lawyer admits 'catastrophic error' in RHI scheme

A lawyer for the Stormont department responsible for the RHI scandal has admitted in court to a "catastrophic error" in how it set up the scheme.

From left to right: Liam McGuckian, Colin Newell and  Barney McGuckian at the Cloughmills site. Picture:  Arthur Allison/Pacemaker Press

Civil service failure meant key RHI law was unlawful

Civil servants made a basic failure which meant that a law passed by MLAs was unlawful – but are now seeking to wash their hands of the situation after it cost a family business half a million pounds, the News Letter can reveal.

Sinn Fein and the DUP have been at loggerheads since the collapse of the Assembly in January

Leading DUP figure plays down optimism over Stormont Executive restoration

A senior member of the DUP's negotiating team has said doubts remain over whether an agreement can be reached to restore devolution at Stormont.
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Ó Muilleor ‘disappointed’ at delay in RHI inquiry he set up

The man who set up the RHI inquiry has said that he is disappointed that hearings will not begin until November.

The inquiry hearings are being held in Parliament Buildings

Civil servants’ request for addition RHI inquiry rights rejected

Eight civil servants who had some involvement with the RHI scheme have applied to be given additional rights at the public inquiry but had their requests rejected, it has emerged.

RHI Inquiry Chairman, the Right Honourable Sir Patrick Coghlin.  Pic Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker

RHI public inquiry delayed after amassing 880,000 pages of evidence

The public inquiry into the Renewable Heat Incentive has amassed a vast body of evidence which now stands at 880,000 pages, delaying the first public evidence session as lawyers work through the material.

Fred Maxwell, one of the farmers who is facing a huge shortfall since the cut in RHI payments

RHI: The untold story of farmers’ desperation amid stigma and debt

The sudden decision to retrospectively slash the terms of the RHI scheme has left many legitimate users facing financial ruin, with some farmers facing the prospect of losing virtually everything they own, the News Letter has been told.

The public inquiry into the RHI scheme is due to begin public hearings in October

RHI overspend to be cut – but taxpayers may still pay

The total bill for the RHI scheme will be reduced after a major power plant was excluded from the scheme, it has emerged - but those bill may still be paid by taxpayers, via a different public funding stream.

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