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Irish Postal Codes Still in the Works

Irish Postal Codes have yet to be even created. The Department of Communications, Energy and Natural Resources (DCENR) awarded a new contract to Capita Ireland to role out Postal Codes. The codes will be issued on a household by household basis much like the already available Property IDs issued by Revenue for the Local Property Tax, but unlike the unique property ID which contain just 10 digits the new postal codes will have just 7 characters with a mix of letters and numbers. The codes come into effect after 10 years after their announcement in 2005. Currently An Post, Ordnance Survey Ireland and Google Maps use GeoDirectory, which was developed by An Post and OSi.

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Mr Vic Gysin Chief Operating Officer of Capita plc, said: “Capita is delighted to be working with the Department of Communications, Energy and Natural Resources on the implementation of this unique postcode system for Ireland. We recognise that this is an important project that will bring many benefits to the public and business.”

Minister Rabbitte said : “A publicly-owned postcode system is a key piece of modern national infrastructure, and ours will be the first in the world to be unique to each individual address. It will bring significant benefits to the public, business and government. I’m very pleased to announce the signing of the contract with Capita who will develop and operate the next generation postcode system for the State. I look forward to the public starting to use postcodes, which we expect to be in the first half of 2015.”