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Urgent action required over RHI debacle - Murphy

16 December, 2016 - by Conor Murphy

Sinn Féin MLA Conor Murphy said today there needs to be urgent action to address the growing crisis in public confidence surrounding the Renewable Heating Initiative debacle.

Conor Murphy said:

“Everyday brings new allegations and accusations about the mishandling of this scheme which was flawed from its inception and by the allegations of abuse and corruption surrounding its operation. 

“This is compounded by the claim, counter claim and infighting over who was responsible for this between former DUP ministerial colleagues.

“We need to get to the bottom of this and hold those responsible for this mess to account as a matter of urgency in order to restore public confidence. 

“There needs to be an independent investigation into this in which all information, including internal departmental papers, records, and email trails should be fully disclosed by all of those involved.

“We also need to know who benefited from this flawed scheme and who made the decisions surrounding its design, operation, and failure to monitor and slowest to close the scheme. 

“In addition there needs to be urgent action to reduce the impact of this debacle on our public finances and on our public services. 

“It is not acceptable that our health, education and other vital frontline services are suffering as a result of a scandal for which no-one has yet been held to account.

“Sinn Féin MLAs and leadership team will be meeting tomorrow to discuss what further actions are required.”

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