Monday 5 December 2016

Eircode postal system to launch today

Published 13/07/2015 | 07:44

Minister Alex White
Minister Alex White

Millions of homes and businesses across the country are set to get a new individual 7 digit 'Eircode' after Ireland's first national post code service, Eircode, launches today.

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The scheme, which is aimed at reducing confusion surrounding non-unique addresses, is estimated to have cost about €27m.

An Irish post code service was first proposed over a decade ago - and will be formally launched by Communications Minister Alex White this morning.

Each new postcode consists of a seven digit unique identifier for every property in the country. 2.2m homes and businesses across the country will be receive their new code in the post in the coming weeks.

According to the Department of Communications some 35pc of Irish addresses are not unique, particularly in rural areas where many homes just have the townland as its given address.

The system has come in for heavy criticism from some industry figures, particularly from the Freight Transport Association of Ireland, which represents more than 200 freight transport and courier companies.

The organisation has said that it will be of no use to its members because the code generated for each address is random, meaning that the code for adjacent properties bear no relation to each other.

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