Burned: The Inside Story of How the RHI ‘Cash-for-Ash’ Scandal Exposed Northern Ireland’s Powerful 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 Initiative (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 Unionsist 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

Introduction
Part One
1. On his knees
2. In the beginning
3. A fatal error
4. No cost controls
5. Cash for ash begins
6. Make it stop
7. Don’t turn off the tap
8. Family first
9. You’re on your own
10. Spotlight
11. Things fall apart
12. Fire, and Brimstone’s problem
13. Licence to bill
14. Even the winners lose
15. Unexplained and unexplainable
16. Chickens come home to roost
Part Two
17. Free money
18. Accountable but not responsible
19. The special world of Spads
20. Open to attack
21. Arlene Foster
22. No hiding place

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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