NI minister resigns over botched RHI

Martin McGuinness is to resign as deputy First Minister of Northern Ireland.

His resignation follows the scandal over the Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) scheme and First Minister Arlene Foster's refusal to step aside while an investigation is carried out.

The Sinn Féin MLA's resignation will take effect from 5pm this evening, BBC has reported. "I don't think the public need any more proof, 10 years on from when they started this project, that it is a project doomed for failure, that they can not work together", he said. It is questionable whether Arlene Foster even has the power to initiate such an inquiry now.

"The equality, mutual respect and all-Ireland approaches enshrined in the Good Friday Agreement have never been fully embraced by the DUP", he wrote.

Enda Kenny and Theresa May spoke by phone following the resignation of Martin McGuinness which will spark imminent elections.

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Mr McGuinness said he wanted to "call a halt to the DUP's arrogance". "There will be no return to the status quo".

That's estimated to have left Stormont with a 560 million euro overspend.

Although, to secure maximum advantage and to discount as much drift as they can it is likely that both Sinn Fein and the DUP will agree on elections as early as possible.

The DUP published an email sent from the whistleblower to Mrs Foster that made no mention of her RHI concerns - the party cited it to demand an apology from those who said she should have done more.

"The DUP leader has a clear conflict of interest".

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The RHI meant to subsidise eco-friendly boilers, when Foster was economy minister. The allegations emerged via a whistle-blower in November and intensified in December when one of Ms Foster's party colleagues Jonathan Bell alleged she had asked civil servants to alter documents to reduce the appearance of her role in the affair.

The Renewable Heat Initiative is estimated to be almost half a billion pounds over budget.

The DUP leader has said she hopes the process of getting the inquiry under way can start by the end of the week. It is believed the scheme could ultimately cost Northern Irish taxpayers up to £490m. They refused to do so and arrogantly attempted to brazen out the public anger.

"There are some elements that we can certainly work with [with Sinn Fein]".

"But they [Sinn Fein] are preventing that inquiry getting up and running due to their ludicrous demand that I have to step aside for four weeks".

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Foster said she was disappointed by the decision, which she described as "political, not principled", and said her party would "always defend unionism".


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