The Dutch government has decided to scrap electronic voting.

The same company, Nedap, produced the electronic voting machines used in the Netherlands and purchased for Ireland.

Last October a Dutch court ruled that the e-voting system be reviewed after doubts were raised about the lack of a paper trail and the fact that it was claimed an e-vote could be electronically interfered with.

This month the Dutch government decided to return to a paper ballot.

Fine Gael Environment spokesman Phil Hogan said the issue showed that the Government here should also scrap the system for good.

A spokesman for Minister John Gormley said they were aware of the situation in Holland and that the issue of e-voting in Ireland was still being assessed.