Tuesday, 17 July 2012

Questions (399, 400)

Michael Healy-Rae

Question:

413 Deputy Michael Healy-Rae asked the Minister for Communications, Energy and Natural Resources the position regarding the introduction of a national post code system; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [34732/12]

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Thomas P. Broughan

Question:

415 Deputy Thomas P. Broughan asked the Minister for Communications, Energy and Natural Resources if he will report on the current status of the review of the postal code system; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [34804/12]

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Written answers (Question to Minister for Communications, Energy and Natural Resources)

I propose to take Questions Nos. 413 and 415 together.

A procurement process for a national postcode system is currently under way. The process commended last year with the publication of a pre-qualification questionnaire on the e-tenders website www.etenders.gov.ie for the appointment of a postcode management licence holder. Since then intensive work has taken place on the procurement process on what is an extremely complex national project.

The final decision on whether to proceed with the implementation of a national postcode will be one for Government and will be based on appropriate financial, technical and operational considerations. This decision will be made later this year.