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Kearney raises concerns about commercial exploitation of RHI scheme

10 November, 2016 - by Declan Kearney

Sinn Féin MLA Declan Kearney has said he is alarmed by issues discussed in the latest Public Accounts Committee's inquiry into the RHI energy scheme.

Mr Kearney said; 

"During the most recent phase of the PAC inquiry into the non domestic RHI scheme it became clear that collective responsibility within the previous DETI sits at the heart of systemic failures in the governance of this project.

"I am deeply alarmed that a culture of mismanagement existed within DETI, when it should have been functioning as the powerhouse department responsible for economic innovation, enterprise and investment in the North, at the inception and implementation of the RHI scheme.

"I am also concerned about the possibility there has been high-level commercial exploitation of this scheme resulting in the orchestrated spike in demand to maximise commercial profit and gain.

"All of this now has repercussions for the resilience of the Northern block grant and wider public confidence." 

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