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Eircode concerns must be addressed - Colreavy

13 July, 2015 - by Michael Colreavy TD

Deputy Michael Colreavy, Sinn Féin spokesperson on Communications, Energy and Natural Resources has said that there are many issues still to be addressed on Eircode.

Speaking following the launch of the postcode system, Deputy Colreavy said:

“Eircode has been introduced at a cost of €27 million to the public exchequer, but answers still remain as to what specific problem the government were attempting to address with this system.

“Normally when a project with a technical specification is being carried out, it attempts to fix a clear problem that has been identified.

“It has been claimed that this is to be an aid for emergency services so they can attend the scene of an accident more promptly.

“However, The Irish Fire and Emergency Services Association which represent frontline emergency staff expressed serious concern about Eircode because the system does not identify small local areas.

“The Freight Transportation Association have raised concerns regarding the Eircode system, pointing out that it is serves only as postal solution. For example, if a building does not have a letterbox, such as a warehouse or an agricultural unit, the Eircode system will be of no use to freight carriers.

“As highlighted in the Dáil recently, there are also serious data protection issues surrounding this new system.

“As for how this will be implemented by government agencies, for example the Department of Social Protection, remains to be seen and to what the cost will be.

“There have also been serious concerns expressed as to how the contract to build and operate Eircode was tendered and I will continue to seek clarity on this issue.

“Following the launch of Eircode this morning there are some clear teething problems with the system.

“Hopefully these problems won’t continue to cause major issues into the future.

“€27 million is a lot of money to spend on a system that might not work.”

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