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Fall-out of RHI fiasco to be heard at Belfast City Council – McVeigh

1 January, 2017 - by Jim McVeigh


Sinn Féin councillor Jim McVeigh has said the party will bring an amendment to Belfast City Council ahead of a debate on the RHI scandal on Tuesday evening. 

Councillor McVeigh said; 

"There is no doubt that the fall-out from the DUP's Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) fiasco has led to huge concern among the public.

"The almost daily drip-feed of allegations of incompetence, corruption and abuse has severely damaged public confidence in the political institutions. 

"This Sinn Féin amendment recognises that concern and calls on Arlene Foster to stand aside as First Minister in order that an independent, time-framed, robust and transparent investigation is carried out and a preliminary report presented. 

"This investigation should be carried out by an independent judicial figure from outside this jurisdiction and be appointed by the Attorney General.

"We want to see a preliminary report within four weeks of the start of the independent investigation and a full report within three months. When it has been completed it should be made public, and should not require the agreement of the First and Deputy First Ministers or the Attorney General.

"Sinn Féin believes this is necessary in order to address public concerns and restore public confidence in the political institutions."

The Sinn Féin amendment to Ruth Patterson’s motion which will come before Belfast City Council on Tuesday 3rd January

That this Council recognises the mounting public concern, relating to the Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) scheme and the serious allegations of incompetence, corruption and abuse.

Calls on the First Minister to stand aside in order to facilitate an independent, time-framed, robust and transparent investigation and until a preliminary report is presented.

This investigation should be undertaken by an independent judicial figure from outside this jurisdiction and be appointed by the Attorney General.

On its completion the report of the investigation should be made public and should not require the agreement of the First and Deputy First Ministers or the Attorney General. A preliminary report will be published within 4 weeks of its establishment. The full report and its outcomes will be made public within 3 months from that date.

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