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Map: A third of RHI applications from Co Tyrone

The largest number of RHI applications were made in two postcodes within Dungannon and South Tyrone
Gareth McKeown

MORE than a third of the 2,000 installations under the botched Renewable Heat Incentive scheme are in Co Tyrone.

New figures show the largest number of applications were from post codes in the Dungannon area.

The Irish News last week asked for a geographical breakdown of claimants, but economy minister Simon Hamilton said his department "does not hold a geographical breakdown of applications by district council area".

However, a breakdown by postcode was obtained by Radio Ulster's Nolan Show and revealed there were 192 applicants from BT70 addresses and a further 150 from BT71, both within the Dungannon and South Tyrone area.

There were also a total of 195 applications in the Ballymena area across three postcodes, 149 in the Omagh area, and 145 within the area of Armagh city.

Map created using azimap web GIS

Looking at the figures by county, Tyrone has 725 of the total of of 2,128 non-domestic applications, equivalent to 34 per cent.

The next highest is Co Antrim with 471 applications, not including Belfast. The figures state that within the 'Belfast area' there were 34 applications.

The lowest number of applications were recorded in former First Minister Arlene Foster's home county of Fermanagh, the least populated county, with a total of 138.

Separate figures also released by the Nolan Show give a breakdown of the nature of businesses claiming subsidies from the RHI scheme.

Of the 2,128 applications just under half were from 'commercial' businesses, while 871 came from the 'poultry' sector. The remaining 243 applications were classed as 'agriculture - farm'.

The Irish News has previously revealed that 54 per cent of claimants are farmers and they had received two-thirds of the £55 million paid out so far.

Poultry farmers supplying the Brazilian-owned food giant Moy Park are understood to make up a significant number of the non-domestic RHI claimants and two of the company's three factories in Northern Ireland - in Dungannon and Ballymena - are in close proximity to post codes with large numbers of applications.

Moy Park confirmed last week that many of its contracted family-owned farms are participants in the Northern Ireland RHI scheme

A statement from the company was released after Sinn Féin finance minister Máirtín Ó Muilleoir referred to a briefing by Moy Park representatives that had “raised further issues” about the Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI).

The Department of Finance has declined to give any further details.

The full list of RHI applications by postcode released by the Nolan Show
 

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