Tuesday, 11 March 2014

Questions (295)

Simon Harris

Question:

295. Deputy Simon Harris asked the Minister for Communications, Energy and Natural Resources if he will provide an update on the implementation plan for post codes here; if post codes will be required for businesses; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [11570/14]

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Written answers (Question to Communications)

On the 8th October 2013, I announced that the Government had approved, subject to contract, the rollout of a new national postcode system that will provide a unique seven character code to every letter-box in the State in 2015.Capita Business Support Service Ireland Limited will operate the postcode under license for an initial ten-year period extendable at the discretion of the Minister for Communications by a further five years. Under the new system, Ireland will have a postal address database of unique identifiers for all addresses in the State including business addresses.

The design phase of the project is currently being finalised and work has commenced on the public sector database implementation which is due to be completed later this year. Later in the year, an information campaign to be launched by the Postcode operator aimed at SMEs and other businesses will help organisations to prepare for the launch date.