Saturday 25 May 2019

Praising postcodes

Sir - I lived with the benefits of universal postcoding for many years in several countries and can well appreciate the advantages of providing addresses with a simple, memorable code. I also appreciate the benefit of calling Bord Gais, the ESB or Eircom to a precise location, as well as the commercial incentives for credit rating (assessing an individual or family, no matter

Sir - I lived with the benefits of universal postcoding for many years in several countries and can well appreciate the advantages of providing addresses with a simple, memorable code. I also appreciate the benefit of calling Bord Gais, the ESB or Eircom to a precise location, as well as the commercial incentives for credit rating (assessing an individual or family, no matter how individual their spelling or addressing) and of risk estimation (judging people by their proximate neighbours).

What worries me in your report (News) is the question of "how such a system will be run . . . ownership, management and funding of public postcodes". If there is to be a public and universal system, then it must be owned, managed and understood by the public, not by an acquisitive financial industry.

We already have the Ordnance Survey of Ireland six-digit grid reference system that identifies any point in Ireland to the nearest kilometre. Throughout most of the country, this identifies only a handful of premises. It is simple to provide additional digits in densely populated areas from publicly owned maps. Save us from yet another financially focused task force. Dr Stuart Neilson, York Terrace, Cork (Grid reference: 168 072!)

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