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Ó Muilleoir bemused by DUP announcing RHI 'plan' to media

4 January, 2017 - by Máirtín Ó Muilleoir

Sinn Féin MLA Máirtín Ó Muilleoir has said he is bemused by the DUP announcing a proposal to address the RHI crisis in the media rather than contacting him. 

The Finance Minister said; 

"I am bemused at the trailing in the media of a DUP ‘plan’ to resolve the RHI debacle when not one scrap of paper detailing this ‘plan’ has been received by the Department of Finance.

"I am alert to the dangers of allowing the person who was the architect of the RHI scheme — the DUP leader — to come up with a solution to this debacle. That is why I will ensure my officials rigorously test any plan which comes from the DUP.

"I will be guided solely by what is in the interest of the public purse.

"The DUP are in a hole and should stop digging. 

"They should share any ‘solution’ they have now with the Department of Finance. In particular, the Department of the Economy should reflect on the fact that my department has flagged up concerns about the post-November 2015 tariff which they are suggesting will shortly apply to all businesses using the RHI scheme. 

"Every plan produced by the Department of the Economy on this issue has been flawed."

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