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Arlene Foster tells RHI inquiry 'I didn't do anything wrong' - how ex-minister's first appearance unfolded

By Mark Edwards

Arlene Foster has told the Renewable Heat Initiative inquiry she is not responsible for the flaws in the green energy scheme, saying "I didn't do anything wrong".

Mrs Foster spent more than three hours being questioned in the Senate Chamber at Stormont on Thursday afternoon.

The DUP leader, who was Enterprise Minister when RHI was launched, defended her role in the scheme, saying that based on the information she had at the time, she did not do anything wrong.

"If I had have been made aware of various issues I would have acted differently," she said.

Giving evidence to the inquiry for the first time, Mrs Foster said the affair was a "matter of deep regret for me politically and personally".

But she claimed the issue was not the real reason Sinn Fein torpedoed power sharing, merely a "useful excuse".

She also told the three-person inquiry panel she had no recollection of some meetings where RHI was discussed but added she had a "lot of trust" in her departmental officials.

Here's how Thursday's session unfolded:

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