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Sticking plaster approach from DUP on RHI not good enough - Ó Muilleoir

5 January, 2017 - by Máirtín Ó Muilleoir

Sinn Féin MLA Máirtín Ó Muilleoir has said the sticking plaster approach from the DUP for addressing the RHI scandal is not good enough.

The Finance Minister said; 

“The scandal of RHI scheme came about through DUP economy ministers.

“It was signed off by previous DUP finance ministers without cost controls. The scandal continued under successive DUP ministers.

“After seven months the DUP Economy Minister today outlined interim measures which are little more than a sticking plaster approach. That is not good enough.

“There is no long-term plan to tackle the RHI debacle and its potential loss of hundreds of millions of pounds to the public purse.

“I was disappointed at the failure of the Economy Minister to present a plan despite this being heavily trailed in the media.

“From what I heard today there is no basis for the recall of the Assembly of the Executive.

“Unlike previous Finance Ministers who dealt with this scheme I will work to safeguard the public purse.

“We need to see detailed proposals and ensure they are financially and legally sound, timely, at a zero cost, and protect against future abuse.” 

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