Hundreds of e-voting machines have been dismantled this morning by the Offaly company that bought them from the Department of the Environment.

Staff at KMK Metals Recycling in Tullamore began the process of removing the embedded chips from the machines and dismantling the hardware at the factory in Cappincur just after 8am.

The company has seven days to collect 7,500 machines.

However, none of the machines will be given to charity, as they have to be disassembled permanently and cannot be sold on.