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Politicians put their best hand forward.

A HIGH-TECH voting system being introduced to the Dail will read palm prints of individual TDs.

At the moment Dail members must squeeze past each other into two small gates, depending on their voting preferences.

Now the Government is considering a new device which will read the palm of each TD and then, once identified, the Dail member can vote by simply pressing one of two buttons.

Ireland and Britain are the only EU countries without such a system and government sources say pressure from Europe has resulted in the change.

A Finna Fial TD said: "The old way was a bit of a tradition but it's a case of moving with the times.

"For a lot of people voting is practically a social event. It's the only time junior members get to speak to ministers.

"The new computerised system will no doubt speed things up and get more work done - and that may well dismay some of the lazier TDs."
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Author:Minihane, Jerry
Publication:The People (London, England)
Date:Aug 30, 1998
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