Renewable Heat Incentive: An Irish News Special Report

Full story of the scandal set to cost hundreds of millions of pounds - and which might cost Arlene Foster her political career


The scandal that pulled down Stormont
"The warning signs were there early on"

Analysis: Complex factors created perfect storm
"The scheme was flawed, but poor management turned a departmental issue into a fullblown government crisis"

John Manley: Media scrutiny ignited public interest
"Mrs Foster must now regret her initial failure to accept responsibility for the scheme's shortcomings"

More than £230,000 paid to 20 businesses in three months
"In the non-domestic scheme, the highest paid individual recipient received more than £14,000"

Renewable Heat Association quadruples membership fees
"The group secured an injunction preventing members who are RHI recipients from being named"

Genesis of disastrous scheme in the north
"The declaration “I have read the Regulatory Impact Assessment and I am satisfied that the benefits justify the costs” is signed by Arlene Foster, Minister of Enterprise, Trade and Investment"

Housing body warned of flaws
"Surely "the more energy you use, the more money you get" is not compatible with energy conservation"

Linked: The poultry trade boiler scandal
"Of the 2,000 RHI recipients, 871 are poultry farmers, most of which supply Moy Park"

Farmers' union connection to greener initiative fiasco
"The union has denied suggestions it influenced any politicians or their special advisers in relation to concerns over changes to RHI tariffs"

How Action Renewables featured in processing applicants
"From helping process a quarter of all applications, to challenging government plans to cut the lucrative payments, Michael Doran has become synonymous with the Renewable Heat Incentive scheme"

The role of DUP special advisers
"The actions of special advisers and the extent of their influence at Stormont has come under the microscope amid the renewable heat scandal"

Arlene Foster: A key figure in cash-for-ash
"The DUP leader has described the flaws in the Renewable Heat Incentive as her 'deepest political regret'"

RHI in numbers
"£490m - The 'maximum burden' of the botched scheme to the public purse over 20 years"

Role of civil servants
"It was developed by officials in a way that shouldn't have been developed by officials,"

Brian Feeney: Full implications have caught up with Arlene
"Her shock and lack of preparedness are obvious"

Scheme critic branded closure of RHI scheme as a 'sellout'
"...hope they can explain their decision to the many people and businesses losing out"