Tenders have been invited to roll out the planned €15m national postcode system by the end of next year, it emerged today.
The Department of Communications said the selected consultants will begin work in late March.
Eamon Ryan, Communications Minister, said Ireland was the only country in the EU that did not have a postcode system in place.
"The future economy depends on a national system which can access and collate spatial data," he said.
"I am pleased that work on this project is continuing apace and look forward to working with the consultants and the Department on the implementation of a national postcode system for Ireland."
Mr Ryan was criticised last year for introducing the plan when public spending was being cut. But the Department said it would bring economic benefits and improve Government planning, as well as speed up the post. The deadline for tenders is March 12.