Thursday 29 September 2016

C&AG: Unclear what expected benefits of Eircode will be

Published 30/09/2015 | 02:30

Comptroller & Auditor General Seamus McCarthy was critical of significant delays with the project
Comptroller & Auditor General Seamus McCarthy was critical of significant delays with the project

The Government has been criticised over its handling of the Eircode postcode project.

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Comptroller & Auditor General Seamus McCarthy was critical of significant delays with the project, which was first mooted in 2005 but eventually only launched last July.

Mr McCarthy said he expects it to cost a total of €38m - some €20m more than indicated in 2009.

He also said it was not clear the expected benefits will be achieved.

While it will improve data matching for the public sector, the Revenue Commissioners has already indicated this had largely been achieved through other developments, such as the Local Property Tax register.

Mr McCarthy also highlighted EU concerns with the qualifying criteria for the licence holder tender, which excluded companies that didn't have a turnover above €40m.

The C&AG was also critical of "a pattern of non-competitive tenders" for consultants paid to help with the project.

Irish Independent

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