Colreavy says ‘Serious questions remain about Eircode’
Deputy Michael Colreavy, Sinn Féin spokesperson on Communications, Energy and Natural Resources, has said that there are serious questions still remaining about the effectiveness of Eircode.
Speaking following reports in the media that some emergency services have called Eircode ‘worse than useless’, Deputy Colreavy said:
“Since the Eircode system was introduced, it has yet to be taken up by those the government proposed that it was supposed to benefit.
“It is not being used by An Garda Síochána, the ambulance or fire services.
“The Department of Environment have confirmed that there is no system in place for Eircode to be used by fire services.
“Questions must be asked of the government as to why they spent almost €40 million on a system that is not even being used by its own departments.
“The recent Comptroller and Auditor General report for 2014 highlighted a number of major problems with the implementation of Eircode.
“I raised these issues with the Minister for Communications, Energy and Natural Resources and his department on numerous occasions, yet they were not taken seriously.
“As a result, what we are left with is a postcode system that is of little or no use to anyone.”