Published: Tuesday, 8th October, 2013 2:19pm
Pat Rabbitte has announced the introduction of a postcode system for the State.
Postcodes are on the way in. The cabinet has agreed today to roll out a new national postcode system that will give every letter-box in the State a unique seven character code by 2015.
Under the new system Ireland will be the first country in the world to have a public database of unique identifiers for all properties, alleviating the current situation where more than 30 per cent of all domestic addresses are not unique.
The new codes will be in the format A65 B2CD, with the first three characters relating to a general area.
The government has approved the appointment of a consortium headed by Capita Ireland as the company that will develop, roll out and operate the postcode system. That consortium is expected to operate the postcode under licence for an initial ten year period, which is extendable at the discretion of the Communications Minister for a further five years.
Speaking today Minister for Communications Pat Rabbitte said he’s pleased Ireland is at last getting a publically-owned national postcode system.
“Most countries have had the benefit of such systems since the mid 1900’s,” he said. “I am very glad to announce that in making the move now we have been able to use the technology and systems available today to move to a next generation system. The Irish code will be the first in the world to be unique to each individual address.
“There are many benefits, for example, given the prevalence of satellite navigation systems in cars, a driver will simply be able to insert a postcode into their device, rather than a lengthy address and will be provided with the accurate location,” he continued.
“Similarly this will greatly benefit emergency services such as ambulance drivers to locate destinations for call-outs, which in some instances are life and death situations.”