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    Josephine Duffy, the former Monaghan county registrar who is involved in a controversial e-voting machine storage deal, has admitted she “coerced” her nephew into building a shed which won a €542,000 contract.

    Despite being in charge of finding storage for the voting machines, Duffy had claimed she was not personally involved in the process that led to Martin Duffy, her nephew, being chosen in 2004 to store 288 units at an annual cost of €21,685 for 25 years.

    But in an interview recorded earlier this year, Duffy suggests she asked for the warehouse to be built.

    The admission raises fresh questions about the validity and independence of any tender process undertaken in 2004 to find storage space in Monaghan.

    According to the registrar, five other companies tendered for the contract but were refused because their facilities were inadequate.

    She has said her nephew’s building, which is the subject of a planning investigation, was the most suitable and that the contract was reached between her solicitors and her nephew’s legal representatives, implying she was not involved.

    But in an interview for a radio programme that has not been aired, Duffy shows the shed in Scotshouse to a reporter and is asked: “What was this building used for?”

    She replied: “It wasn’t. I coerced him into building it for me. He’s not very happy with me.” Her nephew has been identified publicly as the owner of the contract.

    Duffy, who has recently retired as county registrar in Monaghan, refused to explain the comment last week, on the grounds that her solicitor has told her not to speak about the e-voting contract.

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    It's all starting to go badly wrong for the maFFia these days, isn't it?

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    Guess it is time for an impartial investigation into the whole E-voting fiasco.

    Regards...jmcc

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    I think e voting would be good for the country. If Frank Fahey can't manage to do a Tá/Níl vote properly what would the less experienced grass roots FFer do? A sizable chunk of their 17% could go elsewhere.....
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    shocking but sadly not surpsising
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    Some vote fraud investigators believe there hasn't been a fair ballot in the US since the introducton of e-voting machines there.

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    Stuff like this is unfortunately going on at every level. Mostly, its the result of people being dropped into jobs without merit. Even if the government changes, nothing will really change, unless there is a large cull of certain people accross the public service and there replacement by people qualified and able to actually perform!

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    Quote Originally Posted by thebig C View Post
    Stuff like this is unfortunately going on at every level. Mostly, its the result of people being dropped into jobs without merit. Even if the government changes, nothing will really change, unless there is a large cull of certain people accross the public service and there replacement by people qualified and able to actually perform!
    Corruption, nepotism, strokes...it is embedded in the civil war culture. But certainly it is not near as bad in FG as it is in FF.

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    *bump*

    Quote Originally Posted by jmcc View Post
    Guess it is time for an impartial investigation into the whole E-voting fiasco.

    Regards...jmcc
    With a new Government on the way this whole fiasco should definitely be investigated. I'd love to see Fergus O'Dowd get his teeth stuck into this one.

    Here's hoping the new Government won't forget to vigorously investigate any waste of taxpayers' money over the past decade and take appropriate action where necessary.
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    With you on that one.

    There are plenty of people who would volunteer their time for FREE to investigate such perceived wrong doing.

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