Tuesday, 17 September 2019

Questions (560)

Darragh O'Brien


560. Deputy Darragh O'Brien asked the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment if the provision of an Eircode to a person (details supplied) will be expedited as a matter of urgency in view of the fact that they are unable to obtain the appropriate services into their new house; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [37615/19]

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Written answers (Question to Communications)

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 issues 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 87,700 property addresses have been assigned an Eircode since the launch in 2015

An Post have informed my officials they have updated the individuals postal address and geo-location information in their systems and this information should be included in the next release of data to be issued from An Post GeoDirectory to Eircode. My Department has requested Eircode to contact and liaise directly with the individual in question regarding the assignment of an Eircode for this new property.

Once the Eircode database is updated on a quarterly basis it is then a matter for individual Eircode database providers to provide updates to commercial businesses in accordance with the terms of their licence agreements.

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, An Post GeoDirectory and Capita to improve and expedite the existing process.