The Friday Irish Times front page, which went to press an hour or so ago, has a picture of environment minister John Gormley chatting with some national school children.

Gormley’s other official duty today was to announce the scrapping of misguided government plans to introduce evoting.

Back in March, Gormley conceded it was ‘inconceivable‘ that the machines, which cost over €50million to buy and millions more in storage, would ever be used again, such were the questions marks over their security.

Having taken a mere month to ponder what to do with 7500 machines that would never again see action, the minister has decided to dump them, cancelling the generation long storage contracts.

A five year old could have told him that. And given the Irish Times front page photograph, perhaps a five year old did.

John Gormley and his senior advisors [picture from Irish Times]
John Gormley and senior advisors (Irish Times)
Gormley isn’t quite sure what to do with these expensive paperweights, so he’s doing what all ministers do in such situations.

He’s setting up a committee.

There’s no word yet on how much the ‘task force’ will cost.

Commentators have suggested options ranging from ‘dump them in a lake’ (admittedly not very ecofriendly) to the anatomically unlikely.

Personally, I’d recommend giving them to Camara.

By Gerard Cunningham

Gerard Cunningham occupies his time working as a journalist, writer, sub-editor, blogger and podcaster, yet still finds himself underemployed.