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.