In October 2013, The Minister for Communications, Pat Rabbitte received agreement from the Cabinet for the roll out of a new National Postcode System . This National Postcode System , Eircodes, provided a unique seven character code to every letter box in the State by 2015.
In December 2013, a contract was signed with Capita Business Support Services Ltd to design, implement and maintain Eircodes under licence for a ten year period.
Under the new system, Ireland is the first country in the world to have a public database of unique identifiers for all properties. Eircodes are now assisting citizens, public bodies and businesses to locate every individual household in the State.