Thursday 22 March 2018

E-voting machine buyer will donate €10,000 to charity

Paul Melia and Eoghan MacConnell

THE company that bought the controversial e-voting machines will donate €10,000 to charity after being refused permission to sell 100 of the machines to the public.

The managing director of KMK Metals Recycling in Co Offaly, Kurt Kyck, had planned to raise the money by auctioning 100 e-voting machines.

But he was refused permission to do so by the Department of the Environment -- which said they had to be dismantled and recycled.

Yesterday, Mr Kyck said he would donate €10,000 to children's charity Barretstown in lieu of the charity auction.

The first of the 7,500 machines sold for scrap last week were dismantled at the Tullamore plant yesterday.

Workers at KMK took apart 240 machines, which included removing the electronic chips that operate the system and separating the steel and plastic electronic circuit boards and copper-wire components.

The materials will be shipped abroad and sold for scrap. The machines were transported from Co Wexford to the company's headquarters in Tullamore on Monday.

Last week, the Government announced it had sold the infamous €54m e-voting machines for scrap for just over €70,000, or €9.30 each.

All 7,500 machines will have to be removed from 13 premises by the end of September. The biggest haul -- 4,500 -- will be taken from an Army base at Gormanston in Co Meath.

However, the Department of the Environment said academics and historians would be allowed to view four machines being kept for research purposes.

"The four we have will retain the chips," it said. "

The purpose is that if anybody wanted to look at them for academic or historical reasons in the future, they could see a working model."

Irish Independent

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