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Government don’t know how much Eircode will cost - Colreavy

18 February, 2015 - by Michael Colreavy TD

Deputy Michael Colreavy, Sinn Féin spokesperson on Communications, Energy and Natural Resources has said that the government does not know how much Eircode will cost to implement across the public sector.

Speaking on the issue, Deputy Colreavy said:

“In responses that I have received to parliamentary questions asking what the projected cost of implementing Eircode will be to each government department, it is clear that departments have not yet figured out what these costs will be.”

“For example the Department of Social Protection is to put a bid out to tender to update their IT system for the conversion to Eircode and only then ‘costs of this initial phase will be known on completion of this technical work’.”

“The health system is another area where large costs could be incurred due to the updating of patients files across the HSE.”

“However, there is no figure given from the Department of Health as to how much this could cost.”

“Government must be certain before the introduction of Eircode that this will be the system that will be the most efficient for public service to adopt.”

“It is clear from discussions with departmental officials that the intention is that Eircode will ultimately be much more than an aid to postal and package deliveries.”

“However, I have not been able to get any information as to what this potential wider usage will be or how it will assist in streamlining the work of government or public service organisations.”

“It is unnerving that government has not projected a cost to the exchequer for implementing Eircode into public services considering every home in the country is going to be allocated a random, unique postcode.” 

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