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Saturday 26 July 2014

Children's Minster Charlie Flanagan calls for return of e-voting

Fionnan Sheahan

Published 28/05/2014|09:56

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A member of the public casts her vote on the electronic voting machine in St. Cronins School Swords last friday.
Photo: Tony Gavin 17/5/02
A member of the public casts her vote on the electronic voting machine in 2002

A Cabinet minister wants e-voting back in the table - a decade after the idea was mothballed.

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As the counting of votes from the local and European elections enters it's fifth day, Children's Minister Charlie Flanagan has complained about the length of time results are taking.

"Counting taking far too long. Electronic voting must be returned to the political agenda," he said.

E-voting was mothballed in 2004 after €65m was spent on machines.

The machines have now been sold off by the current Government after being in storage for eight years.

A recount in the Ireland Midlands-North-West constituency is expected to take another day.

Sitting MEPs Marian Harkin and Pat 'the Cope' Gallagher were separated by just a few thousand votes at the end of a marathon count, which saw every last surplus and elimination come into play.

Ms Harkin took the final seat but Mr Gallagher sought a recount.

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