TAXPAYER'S money is still being spent storing doomed electronic voting machines in Portlaoise.
While the government has decided to abandon the expensive contraptions, it continues to pay to store machines in Laois and elsewhere. In 2009 the cost of storing Laois-Offaly's machines was €27,797. When the latest bill is added to figures already published, the total storage bill is likely to exceed €150,000 for the 219 voting machines. A five year lease was signed when the machines were bought with a Portlaoise storage company which was due to run out last year.
Some €55m was spent buying the machines. In 2007 most of the equipment was moved to Gormanston Army Camp but because of contracts, the State is still paying to store machines in Portlaoise and 12 other locations.
The Minister for the Environment John Gormley told the Dil recently that the machines had not been sold. He said the machines would removed from their present locations when arrangements for disposal are implemented.