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Leitrim man had eight boilers running 24/7 in RHI scheme

A Leitrim businessman had EIGHT biomass boilers running 24/7 in a Fermanagh shed as part of Northern Ireland's 'Cash for Ash' scheme.

Padraig Corby's boilers were generating enough energy to heat two football stadiums, the Sunday World revealed.

Mr Corby (55) rented the 20m X 12m shed over the border at Magheradunbar near Enniskillen, 30 miles from his palatial home in Newtowngore, Co Leitrim but has so far refused to answer the newspaper's questions regarding the installation of the boilers in the unit.

The boilers came to light when the shed was engulfed and gutted by fire last week.

Fire authorities have declared that the cause of the fire was impossible to determine and concluded that it was accidental.

Mr Corby was believed to have been legally availing of the controversial Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI).

Flaws in setting up the scheme left it open to abuse whereby claimants could earn more cash than the cost of the fuel resulting in an overspend of 490m.

The scheme has led to the collapse of the Northern Assembly which is to result in a new election.

It is likely that Mr Corby's claim would have been subjected to an audit which are currently ongoing.

Of the 63 audits already completed payments to 33 have been suspended.

The day after the blaze Mr Corby resigned as director of Corby Biomass Systems Ltd the copany renting the shed.