Dublin, 28 April
Minister for Communications, Pat Rabbitte
T.D. today launched ‘Eircode’, the 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
“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 30% of addresses are non-unique.
Minister Rabbitte noted that the Eircode project
involved expenditure of €25 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.
The Minister today also launched the Eircode
website http://www.eircode.ie/ , where
further information on the design of the code is available.