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Eircode is at risk of being the next Irish Water – Colreavy

6 November, 2014 - by Michael Colreavy TD

Deputy Michael Colreavy, Sinn Féin Spokesperson on Communications, Energy and Natural Resources has warned that the new postcode system could be the next Irish Water debacle for the government.

Speaking on the issue Deputy Colreavy said:

“There are many unanswered questions in relation to the new postcode system Eircode.

“The most fundamental question is what the new system is to be used for.

“I was told that it will be a state of the art system but it has not been clarified why this particular system is necessary.

“There is a risk that the Department of Communications, Energy and Natural Resources are overly influenced by management consultants engaged with the project.

“It may be that considerable expense could have been saved by using existing software produced in Ireland.

“One thing is clear, the software now being adopted by the government is of no benefit to Irish hauliers or distributors because the system pinpoints locations but the random manner in which the postcodes are generated does not allow for journey planning.

“The new postcode system only allows for deliveries to be made to locations with a post box, meaning that it may be of no use to businesses without post boxes such as quarries and warehouses.

“The Transport and Communications Committee have invited Capita and the department to address them.

“Hopefully this will allow members to acquire answers to the many questions that remain regarding the new postcode system.” 

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