Burned: The Inside Story of the ‘Cash-for-Ash’ Scandal and Northern Ireland’s Secretive New Elite

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Sam McBride

September 2019

A riveting political thriller from the journalist who covered the controversy for over two years, Burned is the inside story of the shocking scandal that brought down a government.

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One of the most shocking scandals in Northern Irish political history: originally a green-energy initiative, the Renewal Heat Incentive (RHI) or ‘cash-for-ash’ scheme saw Northern Ireland’s government pay £1.60 for every £1 of fuel the public and commercial customers burned in their wood-pellet boilers, leading to widespread abuse and ultimately the collapse of the power-sharing administration at Stormont.

Revealing the wild incompetence of the Northern Ireland civil service and the ineptitude and serious abuses of power by individuals at the head of the Democratic Unionist Party, now propping up Prime Minister Theresa May’s government and a major factor in the Brexit negotiations, this scandal exposed not only some of Northern Ireland’s most powerful figures but revealed problems that go to the very heart of how NI is governed.

A riveting political thriller from the journalist who covered the controversy for over two years, Burned is the inside story of the shocking scandal that brought down a government.

Table of Contents

PART ONE

  1. On his knees
  2. In the beginning
  3. Let’s spend big
  4. Two fatal errors
  5. Licence to bill
  6. Cash for ash begins
  7. Whistling in the wind
  8. Burning food
  9. Out of control
  10. Bell and the big balls
  11. Family first
  12. In the shadows
  13. The spike
  14. You’re on your own
  15. Get it shut
  16. Let’s claim it was a success
  17. Spotlight
  18. Fire, and Brimstone’s problem
  19. Things fall apart
  20. A brown envelope
  21. No hiding place
  22. Chickens come home to roost
  23. Even the winners lose

PART TWO

  1. Free money
  2. The special world of spads
  3. Accountable but not responsible
  4. The legacy

About the Author

Sam McBride is the Political Editor of the Belfast NewsLetter, one of Northern Ireland’s daily newspapers, and the Northern Ireland political editor of the i newspaper in London, having begun his career a decade ago at the Belfast Telegraph. He is a regular presence on regional and national radio and television in the UK and Ireland.

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