Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness and Health Minister Michelle O’Neill met First Minister Arlene Foster and DUP Deputy Leader Nigel Dodds today. Martin McGuinness reiterated his call for Arlene Foster to step aside without prejudice pending the preliminary report of an independent investigation in to the RHI scandal.
Michelle O’Neill said:
“The Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness again reiterated the need for Arlene Foster to stand aside, without prejudice, until the publication of a preliminary report of an independent investigation into the RHI scandal.
“Last week Sinn Féin informed the DUP that the Terms of Reference for an independent investigation, as drafted by the Head of the Civil Service, were insufficient.
“Sinn Féin has drafted proposals for the Terms of Reference for an Independent Panel Investigation of the Non Domestic Renewable Heat Incentive.
“These will ensure a robust, time-framed, independent investigation with powers to compel witnesses and sub poena documents. This investigation will be led by a judicial figure.
“We have given these Terms of Reference to the Head of the Civil Service and to the DUP.”