Ireland will become the laughing stock of Europe if it doesn’t introduce e-voting soon, the Taoiseach said tonight.
Bertie Ahern told Opposition TDs in the Dail that a recent report on electronic voting found that it would only cost €500,000 to upgrade its software.
He rejected criticism over the troubled €52m e-voting system which still incurs annual €700,000 costs to store 7,000 machines around the country.
“Our silly old system is outdated,” Mr Ahern said.
“We have to correct the software which will cost €500,000 and then try to move forward. Otherwise we will go into the 21st Century being the laughing stock with our stupid ol’ pencils.”