Burned : The Inside Story of the `Cash-for-Ash' Scandal and Northern Ireland's Secretive New Elite

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One of the most shocking scandals in Northern Irish political history: originally a green-energy initiative, the Renewal Heat Incentive (RHI) or 'cash-for-ash' scheme saw Northern Ireland's government pay £1.60 for every £1 of fuel the public 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 some of those at the head of the Democratic Unionist Party (DUP), now propping up Prime Minister Boris Johnson'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.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 380 pages
  • 156 x 234 x 31mm | 540g
  • Dublin 4, Ireland
  • English
  • None
  • 16 colour photos
  • 1785372696
  • 9781785372698
  • 2,682

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"One of the most important books on Northern Ireland politics since the Good Friday Agreement; and certainly the most important on the Assembly and the function - and dysfunction - of devolution. Disturbingly revelatory." -- Alex Kane, columnist and commentator
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About Sam McBride

Sam McBride is the Political Editor of the Belfast News Letter, 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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