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DUP's behaviour over RHI 'deepens crisis,' says Sinn Fein president Gerry Adams

The behaviour of the DUP over the botched Renewable Heating Incentive scheme has deepened the crisis, Sinn Fein president Gerry Adams has said.

Mr Adams was speaking after his party colleague Conor Murphy warned of an impending election if the issues surrounding the £400m debacle can not be resolved.

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The Sinn Fein president again called for First Minister Arlene Foster to step aside while an investigation takes place.

He said: "The DUP’s handling of this scandal at the Assembly yesterday was a shambles. The approach adopted by the DUP is only deepening the crisis and further undermining the institutions.

“All of this underlines the need for the DUP First Minister to step aside while the investigation is ongoing. 

"Sinn Fein has tabled a motion to get to the truth and restore confidence in the institutions. That will be debated in the Assembly in January. This issue is not going away. The DUP should use the time over the Christmas period wisely and do the right thing."

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The Louth TD continued: "The ongoing Renewable Heat Incentive scandal in the north will cost around £400million over the next 20 years. That is much needed funds that should go to support public services at a time of Tory party cuts.

“Citizens need the truth about how the scheme was designed, implemented and managed, who benefited and why did it take so long to close down. 

“Those responsible for this scandal must be held to account.

“That is why Sinn Fein has called for a robust time-framed, transparent, and independent investigation.”

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