The DUP have released the first email from the Whistle Blower over the RHI scheme;
The Deputy Leader of the DUP, Nigel Dodds says this email vindicates the First Minister;
There has been a quite scurrilous attempt to blame Arlene Foster for the RHI saga. The endlessly repeated claim has been that she failed to follow up on the whistle blower concerns.
“Now we know that no such concerns were raised with her. This is no criticism of the lady in question. She has behaved with great integrity throughout and even told the media that her initial email to the Minister did not go into detail.
“The Department has admitted it should have responded differently when the RHI were subsequently aired.
“The Department’s permanent secretary has made clear throughout that Arlene Foster acted entirely appropriately.
“Sadly Opposition parties and some section of the media didn’t want to know that. They have been engaged in a disgraceful and baseless blame game for which they should now apologise.”
The DUP deputy leader added: “No one is denying for a second that RHI is a totally unacceptable state of affairs. But the attempts to blame Arlene Foster have descended to hysterical levels.”
David McCann holds a PhD in North-South relations from University of Ulster. You can follow him on twitter @dmcbfs