Inquiry into RHI scheme delayed until November
The start of an inquiry into an ill-fated green energy scheme that triggered the collapse of powersharing in Northern Ireland has been delayed.
The Renewable Heat Incentive probe being chaired by retired judge Sir Patrick Coghlin, which had been due to open next month, will now commence hearings on November 7.
There are three core participants: Stormont's Department of the Economy, the Department of Finance, and Ofgem, which administered the scheme.
Sir Patrick said that 23 other organisations and individuals had special rights, including DUP leader and former First Minister Arlene Foster, whose role in the scheme was at the heart of the political row that triggered the collapse of powersharing at Stormont.
Mrs Foster's successor as DUP economy minister, Jonathan Bell, and a number of DUP party advisers also have enhanced participatory rights, granting the right to be legally represented in the proceedings.