Martin McGuinness calls on Arlene Foster to 'step aside' for energy scheme probe

Martin McGuinness calls on Arlene Foster to 'step aside' for energy scheme probe
File photo of Arlene Foster (left), British Prime Minister Theresa May and Martin McGuinness.

Northern Ireland's Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness has called on First Minister Arlene Foster to "step aside" to allow an investigation into a controversial green energy scheme.

Mr McGuinness said he told her over the phone he was seriously concerned about allegations around the eco-friendly initiative that has left Stormont facing an estimated £400m (€477m) overspend.

The credibility of Northern Ireland's peace-building power-sharing political institutions is being "undermined" by the Renewable Heat Incentive scheme row, he said.

"This includes allegations from a former Democratic Unionist Party minister that there was corruption," he said.

In a statement, a spokesman for the DUP says the First Minister will not be stepping aside and is focused on ensuring the full facts about the issue emerge.


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