21/01/2017 BBC Newsline


21/01/2017

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The former Health Minister Jim Wells says four members of his family,

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including his brother, have installed

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the controversial green energy boilers.

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The DUP MLA says he only found out about their involvement

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in the scheme yesterday and that he has no financial

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The latest revelation comes ahead of the publication of the names of

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businesses who installed the wood-burning boiler is under the

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floors RHI scheme. A regional breakdown showed the main clusters

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of recipients are close to the chicken processing plant in

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Ballymena and Dungannon. Four relatives were involved in the

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scheme. My brother has one boiler and three cousins between them have

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eight borrowers. They all rear chickens for one of the largest

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companies in Northern Ireland and they installed these as part of the

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scheme. How did you come to find that out? My brother told me

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yesterday. Mr Wells says he has made no personal gain from RHI and has no

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involvement in his brother or cousins' businesses. Two days ago

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the DUP special adviser Andrew Crawford resigned. His decision to

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quit came a day after he was named by a senior civil servant as the

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adviser he believed had influenced the decision to keep the scheme

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open. Doctor Crawford denies this and says he acted with complete

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integrity. Another DUP special adviser has stepped aside from

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having any future involvement in the RHI scheme after failing to declare

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a family link. John Robinson, who is an adviser to Simon Hamilton in the

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Department of the economy, said he didn't have any family links to the

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scheme. Only to reveal that his father-in-law is receiving payments

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for two RHI boilers. The releasing of the names by the Department of

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the economy on Wednesday will be one of the last act before Stormont goes

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into recess ahead of the assembly elections on March the 2nd.

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The police investigating the murder of a woman in Lurgan yesterday

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have been given extra time to question a 51-year-old man.

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The body of Anita Downey was found in a house in the Toberhewney Hall

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area in the early hours of yesterday morning.

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The Sinn Fein President Gerry Adams has told a conference in Dublin

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that taking Northern Ireland out of the EU will destroy

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Several hundred people have attended a Women's March

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in Belfast to protest against Donald Trump's presidency.

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Hundreds of thousands around the world have

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attended similar events following yesterday's inauguration.

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Women's groups were joined outside the city hall

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by people supporting gay rights, immigrants

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Organisers of today's rally said they were overwhelmed by the number

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On-street parking charges in parts of Belfast,

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Newry and Lisburn city centres are set to rise next month.

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Motorists will have to pay an extra 20p an hour to park

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The Infrastructure Minister Chris Hazzard says the cost has not kept

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For many, going to work or popping into town just got more expensive.

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Prices here in the city centre will soon rise to ?1.40 an hour while

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some street on the edge of this city will see a 50% rise to ?1.20. In

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this burn, it will soon be 80p an hour and a newly, 60p. The only

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winners in this regard are going to be the big out-of-town shopping

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centres who have free car parking which is already an unfair

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competitive advantage on town centres. We should be reducing car

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park charges, not hiking them. Chris Hazzard says the increases are the

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minimum possible, but not everyone's impressed. The roads haven't got any

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better, there hasn't been an increase in parking spaces. If this

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is an incentive, I'm shocked. If you want to park in the city centre,

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you've got to be prepared to pay it. The increase in charges will be

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introduced in less than one month. Rugby now and Ulster's European

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Champions Cup campaign ended with a whimper at home to Bordeaux

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in Belfast this afternoon. Les Kiss's men, who went

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into their final pool five game knowing they couldn't qualify

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for the knock out stages fell behind Darren Cave did run

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in this second half try, The final score Ulster

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22, Bordeaux 26. having lost nine of their last

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13 games in all competitions. Hello there. If you're heading out

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tonight, you probably will want to keep the big cult handy. It's a

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chilly one and for a while, temperatures are likely to fall

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several degrees below freezing. As we make our way through tonight, we

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are likely to see more clouds coming in from the south. That will help

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lift temperatures that by tomorrow morning but it will be a chilly

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start to Sunday possibly with pockets of mist and fog out there

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and certainly a frost in some spots as well. Overall, we hold onto high

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pressure just keeping the weather is nice and settled. There will be more

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clouds around on Sunday then there was today, but it will break at

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times. There will be some sunny gaps. Southerly winds will stay late

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and over all, a dry picture. If you are travelling across the island

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tomorrow, we are likely to see some wet weather breaking out across

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western counties. Further east, likely to stay dry with sunny gaps.

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Temperatures best the further south you are and cooler towards the

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north. Looking at four or 5 degrees there. In any sunshine, feeling not

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too bad. We only have light winds. Tomorrow evening, it will turn

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chilly quite quickly again with some file, maybe frost around on Monday

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morning but it is going to be another settled day. There will be a

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lot of clout, some sunshine trying to come through as well and overall,

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a dry picture but we may see some damp weather breaking out in parts

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of the West. If you are enjoying the recent spell of settled weather,

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good news as we look ahead right through until Wednesday, there is no

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great change in focus. BBC Newsline will be

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back tomorrow at 6:20pm. From everyone on the BBC

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Newsline team, goodbye.

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