Cash for Ash: The North’s Renewable Heat Initiative is burning taxpayers’ money to the tune of £490 million

Cash for Ash: The North’s Renewable Heat Initiative is burning taxpayers’ money to the tune of £490 million
For every £1 a business spent on fuel, it got £1.60 from government Picture: iStock

The political row over Arlene Foster's refusal to step aside during a probe of the scheme is driving a dysfunctional Stormont towards an election

Flanked by her Sinn Féin colleagues, Michelle O’Neill addressed the media in the grand marble lobby of Stormont’s Parliament Buildings on Wednesday evening. Despite the complexities and various sub-plots of the ‘cash for ash’ scandal that has rocked Northern Ireland, O’Neill described it in the simplest of terms: “This is about a financial scandal which needs to be got to the bottom of.”

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