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Waste Management (3 Feb 2004)

Séamus Pattison: We will proceed to Question No. 140. As Deputy Gilmore has come into the Chamber, his Question No. 138 will be taken as the last one during Priority Question time.

Priority Questions. (3 Feb 2004)

Electronic Voting.

Electronic Voting. (3 Feb 2004)

Bernard Allen: Question 140: To ask the Minister for the Environment, Heritage and Local Government the position regarding the introduction of electronic voting for the European and local elections. [2846/04]

Electronic Voting. (3 Feb 2004)

Martin Cullen: Detailed planning and preparations for the use of countrywide electronic voting and counting at the European and local elections are proceeding. To date, 4,840 voting machines and ancillary hardware have been delivered to returning officers; software testing will be completed shortly; training of returning officers and their staff is continuing and I will be launching a major public education...

Electronic Voting. (3 Feb 2004)

Bernard Allen: How can the Minister contemplate introducing this system without agreement from all parties in the House? How can he introduce a system that is changing fundamentally the way we run our democracy, by not introducing it through an electoral commission? How can the Minister contemplate introducing this system without key questions about the security of the system, including whether it is...

Electronic Voting. (3 Feb 2004)

Martin Cullen: I would ask the Deputy to withdraw any such implication.

Electronic Voting. (3 Feb 2004)

Bernard Allen: I am asking the Minister——

Electronic Voting. (3 Feb 2004)

Martin Cullen: It is an outrageous remark and impugns people who are not in the House to defend themselves.

Electronic Voting. (3 Feb 2004)

Bernard Allen: If being called "buddies of Fianna Fáil" is accusing them, well and good.

Electronic Voting. (3 Feb 2004)

Martin Cullen: I am asking Deputy Allen to withdraw the point he has made.

Electronic Voting. (3 Feb 2004)

Bernard Allen: I am asking a question. Will the Minister make available——

Electronic Voting. (3 Feb 2004)

Martin Cullen: It impugns people who are not in the House to answer for themselves. It is an outrageous allegation.

Electronic Voting. (3 Feb 2004)

Bernard Allen: I will not withdraw it.

Electronic Voting. (3 Feb 2004)

Martin Cullen: It is completely unfounded.

Electronic Voting. (3 Feb 2004)

Séamus Pattison: Order, please.

Electronic Voting. (3 Feb 2004)

Bernard Allen: I am asking the Minister to make available the details of the contracts entered into between the PR company and his Department. Why has he not answered the questions regarding the verifiable paper audit trail and the source code of the system? Why are the questions unanswered and why is the Minister so headstrong in pushing forward this system? Will he suspend its introduction until there is...

Electronic Voting. (3 Feb 2004)

Martin Cullen: I regret the manner in which Fine Gael is behaving on this issue. The Deputy's party——

Electronic Voting. (3 Feb 2004)

Bernard Allen: Are we to roll over under the jackboot tactics?

Electronic Voting. (3 Feb 2004)

Séamus Pattison: Allow the Minister to reply without interruption.

Electronic Voting. (3 Feb 2004)

Martin Cullen: The position of the Fine Gael Party leader is that we should all vote on the Internet from our homes, but at the same time——

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