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Power station: Kilroot

Power station: Kilroot

Edwin Poots. Credit: Brian Lawless

Edwin Poots. Credit: Brian Lawless

A pile of coal waiting for collection at Belfast docks. Credit: Peter Morrison

A pile of coal waiting for collection at Belfast docks. Credit: Peter Morrison

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Power station: Kilroot

On the evening of March 29, a senior Stormont official received an unusual order from DUP minister Edwin Poots’s Stormont department. The written message was effectively an instruction to allow one company to do something which otherwise would be unlawful.

Although Mr Poots had hinted that he might act in this way, he chose not to publicise the decision, and his department has for days refused to publish it or even answer questions on it. The move was an attempt by the minister to keep the lights on in Northern Ireland, but now the company it was designed to benefit claims that it is not enough and it needs more.


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