Minister for the Environment Phil Hogan has announced that the controversial electronic voting machines are to be dismantled and recycled.

A contract, worth €70,267, has been signed with KMK Metals Recycling Ltd, which is based in Tullamore, Co Offaly.

The company is to begin the process of removing the machines from storage to be dismantled in the coming week and complete it by September.

KMK Metals Recycling won the contract in a competition that attracted seven tenders.

Mr Hogan said he wanted to finally draw a line under the electronic voting project which he said was ill-conceived and poorly planned from the outset and as a result had cost the taxpayer €55m.