Not too many chicken houses in Belfast is right, but a fair few in Michelle’s neck of the woods, and she and other SF ministers and MLAs recommended taking up the scheme.
Whole thing is deeply corrupt. Huge amounts of money came in after 1998 from Brits, Dublin, Brussels and US and much of it was used dubiously, on all sides. In counter insurgency it is what is known as “benign corruption,” paying off the combatants ostensibly for “community” projects but not really caring too much if Sammy or Liam might buy a consignment of coke or a few lorries of Polish cigarettes or a holiday apartment block in Bulgaria with the petty cash.
The current political structures, or at least when they were operating under the power sharing Executive, encourages corruption as it is basically not democratic, and any party in pretty much unchallenged power will inevitably wet its beak. That’s what happened to Fianna Fáil, and corruption is not confined to any ideology or party. .