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Govt formally launch new postcodes

Tuesday, April 29 13:54:49

Minister for Communications, Pat Rabbitte today launched 'Eircode', the long-awaited new location codes for Irish addresses.

At the launch in Dublin this morning he said "A publicly-owned postcode system is a key piece of modern national infrastructure, and as Eircode will be unique to each individual address it will easily link with databases, online maps, satnavs and smart phones. It will bring significant opportunities and benefits to the public, business and government."

"The Eircode brand and design are tangible signs of the considerable amount of work that Capita, who have a 10 year contract to implement and manage the Eircode system, have done over the last number of months."

"In Spring 2015 every Irish address will get a unique code which will bring many benefits in terms of efficient delivery of social services such as healthcare and emergency services to people in rural areas where 30pc of addresses are non-unique."

Minister Rabbitte noted that the Eircode project involved expenditure of E25 million over ten years and stressed that at least half of this investment would go towards the improvement of public service databases bringing considerable long term efficiencies and savings in the delivery of public services.