Tuesday 21 November 2017

Ireland's new national postcode service is having some teething problems

Irish language campaigners protesting the Eircode launch Credit: Conradh na Gaeilge
Irish language campaigners protesting the Eircode launch Credit: Conradh na Gaeilge

David Kearns

As Eircode rolls out today, there has been quite the reaction online to Ireland's new €27 million national postcode service.

While the system has been criticised by some industry figures, mainly because the codes it generates have no relation to adjacent properties, it has come under fire today from people across Ireland for telling them they do not really live where they think they do.

Irish social media users have taken to Twitter to voice their outrage over being moved "30 miles down the road", or in some cases moved to different parts of the country.

As one bemused user wrote: "So #Eircode is telling me I'm from Waterford now, not Kilkenny..."

While another congratulated the new system on displacing the seaside town of Inishcrone from Sligo to Mayo.

Not only has the new postcode service simply taken some properties moved them to different parts of the country, it has also removed some listings entirely.

This is due, in part, for the system's failure to account for Irish place names.

Up to 50,000 placements are inaccurate or completely missing from the system because they are in the Irish language said campaign group Conradh na Gaeilge, who said the Department of Communications acknowledge this problem earlier this year but had yet to fix it.

First proposed over a decade ago, the €27 million scheme is aimed at reducing the confusion surrounding non-unique addresses, estimated at around 35 pc, particularly in rural areas where many homes just have the town as its given address.


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