Thursday, 24 October 2013

Questions (30)

Seán Ó Fearghaíl


30. Deputy Seán Ó Fearghaíl asked the Minister for Communications, Energy and Natural Resources if the new national postcode system will reflect the Irish or English place names of cities, towns and townlands in the codes; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [44953/13]

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Written answers (Question to Communications)

On 8 October I announced that the Government has approved, subject to contract, the launch of a national postcode system in 2015. A postcode operator will design and run the postcode under license for an initial ten year period extendable at the discretion of the Minister for Communications by a further five years. The new postcode system will provide a unique code to every postal address in Ireland, including individual apartments. The Postcode will be a 7 character code in the format A65 B2CD, with the first three characters relating to a general area or postal district in which the address is located. The code denoting the general area will not be based on a placename and, therefore, will be language neutral. In Dublin, the existing postcodes will appear as the first three characters of the 7 character code.