DUP's Hamilton and SF's O'Muilleoir to hold 'clear-the-air' talks over RHI £400m overspend
DUP Economy Minister Simon Hamilton and Sinn Fein Finance Minister Mairtin O'Muilleoir are to hold clear-the-air talks over how to cut the projected Renewable Heating Incentive £400m overspend.
The two ministers clashed over how to deal with the continued spending on the flawed scheme which pays out £1.60 to businesses for every pound they spend on fueling biomass boilers.
A DUP plan to bring emergency legislation was announced on Wednesday by the party.
However, Mr O'Muilleoir said he was "bemused" to read of the plan in the media given how any proposal needs his approval.
On Thursday, the Sinn Fein MLA said a meeting between the two would take place that afternoon.
The ministers' respective departments have been asked if it has happened.
DUP 'plan' to sort #RHI must go 2 Fin Min for approval as is 'novel & contentious', 'cross-cutting' & a change from previously approved plan— Máirtín Ó Muilleoir (@newbelfast) January 5, 2017