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Liberalisation

On the 2nd of August 2011, The Communications Regulation (Postal Services) Act 2011 came into effect. This Act provides the final stage in opening the postal services market to competition. A requirement of the third EU Postal Services Directive.

The Act also:

  • sets out the regulatory obligations of postal service providers
  • guarantees the ongoing provision of a universal postal service
  • enables the Minister to establish, maintain and operate a national postcode system
  • amends Broadcasting legislation, principally to give legal effect to Budget 2011 decisions regarding payments from TV Licence receipts, including a provision for the funding of TG4.