Aside from the collapse of politics in Northern Ireland for almost three years and the lengthy public inquiry that followed, one of the legacies of the Renewable Heat Incentive scandal, often referred to as the ‘cash for ash’ scandal, was that it brought effective renewable energy policy making in the Republic of Ireland to a standstill.

Since the debacle erupted in Northern Ireland, substantive new policies on renewable energy in the Republic of Ireland have been few and far between, with ministers and politicians fearful of recreating the mistakes made north of the border.