Wednesday, 20 January 2021

Questions (45)

Joe Carey

Question:

45. Deputy Joe Carey asked the Minister for the Environment, Climate and Communications if his attention has been drawn to the long delays and considerable frustration being encountered by residents of new homes in order to secure an Eircode; if he will ensure that a necessary exemption during level 5 restrictions is included in a statutory instrument to provide those who have responsibility for carrying out property inspections to assign Eircodes to carry out this essential work at the highest level of restrictions (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. [2536/21]

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Written answers (Question to Environment)

Capita Business Support Services Ireland, trading as Eircode, manages the National Postcode System, Eircode, on behalf of the State. 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 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 licensed businesses for their use. Eircode have informed my Department that over 128,700 property addresses have been assigned an Eircode since the launch in 2015.

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.

I understand the importance of people being in a position to work remotely during the Covid-19 pandemic, particularly at a time where restrictions are in place and when people are relying much more on electronic communications services.

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 Eircode to expedite the process of assigning Eircodes for new properties with postal addresses and geo-locations.