Written answers

Wednesday, 20 May 2020

Department of Communications, Climate Action and Environment

Postal Services

Photo of James BrowneJames Browne (Wexford, Fianna Fail)
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943. To ask the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment the position regarding the turnaround times for new eircodes; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [6731/20]

Photo of Richard BrutonRichard Bruton (Dublin Bay North, Fine Gael)
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Eircodes are assigned to new property addresses using a valid postal address and verified geo-locations. An Post collects information on new and existing buildings, as well as changes to existing addresses and Ordnance Survey Ireland provides the geo-locations for these buildings. An Post GeoDirectory issue a new release of the GeoDirectory database file on a quarterly basis to Capita Business Support Services Ireland, trading as Eircode, in accordance with their licence agreement.

Each new postal address assigned an Eircode is published on the free to use Eircode Finder website, a notification letter is issued to the property occupant containing the Eircode of that address and an updated Eircode Database is provided to licenced businesses for their use. Eircode have informed my Department that over 110,000 property addresses have been assigned an Eircode since the launch in 2015.

In recognition of the fact that earlier assignment of Eircodes to new builds is desirable, my officials are working with An Post, Ordnance Survey Ireland (OSi), An Post GeoDirectory and Capita to improve and expedite the existing process.

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