The report into the renewable energy scheme, which contributed to the collapse of Northern Ireland’s government three years ago, has been published.
The 656-page report said that while there was “unacceptable” behaviour by some officials, ministers and special advisers, what went wrong was a “compounding of errors and omissions over time and a failure of attention”.
Here’s what major figures in Northern Ireland’s political world have been saying about the long-awaited report.
First Minister and DUP leader Arlene Foster
“For my part I am determined to learn from my mistakes and to work to ensure that the mistakes and systematic failures of the past are not repeated.
“In my conference speech to the Democratic Unionist Party in 2018 I indicated that the best of intentions do not make us immune from mistakes and misjudgements. Today I again apologise for my failings in the implementation of the Renewable Heat Incentive scheme.
“As I look back over the events of the last number of years and with the benefit of that hindsight there are many things that could and should have been handled in a very different way.
“However the unalterable truth is that none of us can change or relive that which has already happened but we can take the experience and use it to shape the road ahead.”
Finance Minister Conor Murphy, Sinn Féin
“I have no doubt that this report is extremely challenging for everybody here. The responsibility now is to put those recommendations into action to change the system.
“The recommendations of this report will be worked through and an action plan will be brought forward.
“The inquiry team has completed its work and now it’s over to us to turn the recommendations into real action and reform.
“We need effective government and we need good practice in terms of our handling of public finances and we need to ensure that an issue such as this… can never arise again.”