Stormont walkouts as Foster refuses to step down over RHI controversy

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There have been TWO mass walkouts of politicians in Stormont - as the First Minister defends her role in a controversial "cash for ash" scheme.

Opposition MLAs walked out in protest, arguing that Arlene Foster should not have been allowed to speak as First Minister amid the controversy over the Renewable Heat Incentive scheme.

Deputy first minister Martin Mc Guinness is refusing to support her position today - which should mean she can only speak in a personal capacity.

But Mrs Foster has defended her handling of the scheme, and denied the claims of former minister Jonathan Bell - who says she instructed him to extend the scheme...........