Ó Muilleoir moves to institute public inquiry into RHI
Sinn Féin MLA Máirtín Ó Muilleoir has today moved to institute a public inquiry into the RHI scandal.
Máirtín Ó Muilleoir said:
“Throughout this week I have been continuing to focus on the RHI crisis.
“As part of that work, I have been taking soundings and advice on the need for a no-hiding-place probe into the RHI scandal.
“It is clear that, with time short until the Assembly dissolves, the only way to serve the public interest is for me as Finance Minister to move to institute a public inquiry immediately. No other type of investigation is now feasible given time pressures.
“I have now instructed officials to take the necessary steps to establish a public enquiry under the Inquiries Act 2005 into the RHI scheme.
“I have received legal advice in regard to these matters. I will make a full statement to the Assembly next week.
“This enquiry will be impartial and objective. I will not interfere in its work. It will be tasked to get to the truth of this issue.
“Under the Enquiries Act, the enquiry report must go to the Finance Minister. I give a commitment that I or any Sinn Féin Minister will release the report in full to the public on receipt.
“I call on all parties to sign up to unrestricted, unedited publication.
“I am aware that the RHI issue goes beyond financial matters to questions of governance and probity. By getting to the truth of the RHI scandal, this inquiry report will, I believe, address those wider issues, and, therefore, put the public first.”