Taxpayer Must Pay €350,000+ For Empty Shed Rent For Useless Voting Machines

Taxpayers will pay the rent of a bill of more than €350,000 to rent a shed in Co Monaghan to store controversial e-voting machines.

An article in the Irish independent reports that the Department of the Environment is locked into a 25 year lease, and there is 17 years left to run with an annual cost of over€21,000.

This means that unless there is a breakout clause in the lease, which allows either side to terminate the contract, the State faces paying almost €370,000 between now and 2029 to rent the shed.

The other premises rented around the country to store the machines and other voting equipment are on much shorter leases.

Monaghan Cllr Paudge Connolly has also warned about the long term lease and the costs likely to be incurred.

 

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