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Leinster House could install face recognition tech to verify TDs’ expenses claims

TDs and Senators will have to use facial recognition software in order to claim their expenses under confidential proposals seen by the Sunday Independent.

n independent review of the system of recording attendance (SRA) for Oireachtas members – commissioned on foot of allegations that the ‘fobbing-in’ system was being abused – proposes installing new facial recognition software at Leinster House at a cost of €20,500, noting it is “most likely to give the highest level of public confidence”.

The review by former Northern Assembly clerk and chief executive Trevor Reaney was commissioned on foot of a number of controversies in late 2019 over TDs missing Dáil votes but being recorded as having fobbed-in at Leinster House in order to claim expenses.


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