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RHI inquiry: 'Conspiracy of silence' around scheme

From BBC - November 10, 2017

The public inquiry into a botched renewable heating scheme (RHI) has been told that there was a "conspiracy of silence" around the flawed scheme.

A legal representative for the Department for the Economy (DfE) said the full lessons of what had gone wrong would only be learnt when the reasons for that conspiracy were understood.

But a lack of cost controls meant it could overspend by 700m over 20 years.

The inquiry into the scheme began on Tuesday.

Counsel for DfE Neasa Murnaghan QC said the department wanted to repeat its apology for its own failings.

These included the lack of cost controls in the original regulations and the failure to spot that application numbers and boiler usage were diverging from what had been projected.

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