The start of an inquiry into an ill-fated green energy scheme that triggered the collapse of powersharing in Northern Ireland has been delayed. The Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) probe being chaired by retired judge Sir Patrick Coghlin, which had been due to open next month, will now commence hearings on November 7. Democratic Unionist leader and former first minister Arlene Foster, whose role in the scheme was at the heart of the political row that triggered the collapse of powersharing at Stormont, is not anticipated to give evidence until the new year. Sinn Fein has repeatedly indicated its unwillingness to return to any coalition government with Mrs Foster as first minister until her actions related to the RHI are examined by the inquiry.
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