A Postcode for Ireland

Published 10/07/2015

Launching Eircode at the Shelbourne Hotel, Dublin, today, Minister for Communications Alex White TD said:

"Ireland now has a postcode system, which will make all our lives a little bit easier and a little bit better. It will be easier to deliver mail and parcels to the correct recipients and it will be easier to shop online. Businesses that deliver parcels, or other goods and services, will have an affordable and effective new tool, which accurately identifies addresses and enables improved efficiency. "A wide range of public services will be delivered more efficiently while emergency services will be able to find the correct address more quickly, particularly in rural areas. Our smart, modern postcode system will enhance our lives and boost economic growth by facilitating more focused delivery of services by government and business alike." Liam Duggan, director of Eircode added: "We are proud to launch Eircode in Ireland today. It has been designed as a solution to Ireland's address structure which, until now, has provided challenges not experienced in other countries. "Eircode will make life easier for Irish people and bring many benefits to both businesses and members of the public." 35% of addresses in Ireland are shared ("non-unique"), which makes them difficult to identify accurately. From today, the addition of an Eircode to these addresses solves this challenge by giving each premises its own unique code. This is expected to resolve many existing problems in the delivery of goods and services. Key government and utility databases have already been updated to include Eircodes. Businesses across the country have also been provided with information to allow them to prepare their systems for the introduction of Eircode.

According to An Post postcodes are not required to secure the delivery of mail