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The former Health Minister Jim Wells says four members of his family,
including his brother, have installed
the controversial green energy boilers.
The DUP MLA says he only found out about their involvement
in the scheme yesterday and that he has no financial
The latest revelation comes ahead of the publication of the names of
businesses who installed the wood-burning boiler is under the
floors RHI scheme. A regional breakdown showed the main clusters
of recipients are close to the chicken processing plant in
Ballymena and Dungannon. Four relatives were involved in the
scheme. My brother has one boiler and three cousins between them have
eight borrowers. They all rear chickens for one of the largest
companies in Northern Ireland and they installed these as part of the
scheme. How did you come to find that out? My brother told me
yesterday. Mr Wells says he has made no personal gain from RHI and has no
involvement in his brother or cousins' businesses. Two days ago
the DUP special adviser Andrew Crawford resigned. His decision to
quit came a day after he was named by a senior civil servant as the
adviser he believed had influenced the decision to keep the scheme
open. Doctor Crawford denies this and says he acted with complete
integrity. Another DUP special adviser has stepped aside from
having any future involvement in the RHI scheme after failing to declare
a family link. John Robinson, who is an adviser to Simon Hamilton in the
Department of the economy, said he didn't have any family links to the
scheme. Only to reveal that his father-in-law is receiving payments
for two RHI boilers. The releasing of the names by the Department of
the economy on Wednesday will be one of the last act before Stormont goes
into recess ahead of the assembly elections on March the 2nd.
The police investigating the murder of a woman in Lurgan yesterday
have been given extra time to question a 51-year-old man.
The body of Anita Downey was found in a house in the Toberhewney Hall
area in the early hours of yesterday morning.
The Sinn Fein President Gerry Adams has told a conference in Dublin
that taking Northern Ireland out of the EU will destroy
Several hundred people have attended a Women's March
in Belfast to protest against Donald Trump's presidency.
Hundreds of thousands around the world have
attended similar events following yesterday's inauguration.
Women's groups were joined outside the city hall
by people supporting gay rights, immigrants
Organisers of today's rally said they were overwhelmed by the number
On-street parking charges in parts of Belfast,
Newry and Lisburn city centres are set to rise next month.
Motorists will have to pay an extra 20p an hour to park
The Infrastructure Minister Chris Hazzard says the cost has not kept
For many, going to work or popping into town just got more expensive.
Prices here in the city centre will soon rise to ?1.40 an hour while
some street on the edge of this city will see a 50% rise to ?1.20. In
this burn, it will soon be 80p an hour and a newly, 60p. The only
winners in this regard are going to be the big out-of-town shopping
centres who have free car parking which is already an unfair
competitive advantage on town centres. We should be reducing car
park charges, not hiking them. Chris Hazzard says the increases are the
minimum possible, but not everyone's impressed. The roads haven't got any
better, there hasn't been an increase in parking spaces. If this
is an incentive, I'm shocked. If you want to park in the city centre,
you've got to be prepared to pay it. The increase in charges will be
introduced in less than one month. Rugby now and Ulster's European
Champions Cup campaign ended with a whimper at home to Bordeaux
in Belfast this afternoon. Les Kiss's men, who went
into their final pool five game knowing they couldn't qualify
for the knock out stages fell behind Darren Cave did run
in this second half try, The final score Ulster
22, Bordeaux 26. having lost nine of their last
13 games in all competitions. Hello there. If you're heading out
tonight, you probably will want to keep the big cult handy. It's a
chilly one and for a while, temperatures are likely to fall
several degrees below freezing. As we make our way through tonight, we
are likely to see more clouds coming in from the south. That will help
lift temperatures that by tomorrow morning but it will be a chilly
start to Sunday possibly with pockets of mist and fog out there
and certainly a frost in some spots as well. Overall, we hold onto high
pressure just keeping the weather is nice and settled. There will be more
clouds around on Sunday then there was today, but it will break at
times. There will be some sunny gaps. Southerly winds will stay late
and over all, a dry picture. If you are travelling across the island
tomorrow, we are likely to see some wet weather breaking out across
western counties. Further east, likely to stay dry with sunny gaps.
Temperatures best the further south you are and cooler towards the
north. Looking at four or 5 degrees there. In any sunshine, feeling not
too bad. We only have light winds. Tomorrow evening, it will turn
chilly quite quickly again with some file, maybe frost around on Monday
morning but it is going to be another settled day. There will be a
lot of clout, some sunshine trying to come through as well and overall,
a dry picture but we may see some damp weather breaking out in parts
of the West. If you are enjoying the recent spell of settled weather,
good news as we look ahead right through until Wednesday, there is no
great change in focus. BBC Newsline will be
back tomorrow at 6:20pm. From everyone on the BBC
Newsline team, goodbye.