Friday 21 June 2019

Eircode rap as it fails to deliver amid delays

Communications Minister Denis Naughten
Communications Minister Denis Naughten

Fearghal O'Connor

Lengthy delays for property owners to have a new Eircode allocated are "deeply affecting people across the country", according to Communications Minister Denis Naughten.

The €38m location code system introduced in 2015 has largely failed to capture the public imagination and is still not used by many logistics and shipping companies, according to recent surveys.

"I am not satisfied with the time delays associated with the allocation of a new Eircode and I am frustrated with the situation as I know it is deeply affecting people across the country," said Naughten.

"I have asked my officials to work more closely with An Post, Ordnance Survey Ireland, An Post GeoDirectory and Capita to improve and expedite the process of assigning Eircodes for new properties."

Naughten, who was responding to a Dail question from Fianna Fail TD Robert Troy about the ongoing delays, said that his department was fully committed to resolving the issue.

In 2017, 22,503 new addresses were assigned an Eircode. But in April, a CBRE survey of Ireland's logistics and shipping industries found that just 19pc of operators had adapted their business processes in order to exploit Eircode.

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