Received this letter with an ‘incorrect postal address’ this morning, thought you might be interested.
“An Post spent €2.4million preparing the way for it and the Department of Communication, Energy and Natural Resources tell me “An Post were actively involved in every stage of Eircode, from design through to dissemination.”
“So I asked An Post how many people were using Eircode as part of their addresses. Now they initially said to me, in their response that the usage was low.”
“And I suppose low could mean several hundred thousand pieces of mail, so I went back to clarify what we’re talking about in terms of low and they did say that ‘we’re talking about single digit usage in percentage terms’ so less than 10% are using it.”
“I asked An Post how does it work actually, in practice, because I was being told by a number of postal workers, off the record that they don’t have any way of interpreting the code... Postal workers were telling me, Seán, that sometimes they might use their own smartphone to check the codes from time to time.”
“But that really was about it. And I asked An Post how it worked out. For example, if you have an address that’s incomplete but if there is a postcode on the letter, how does it work? And they said that the Eircode on the address can be recognised by sorting equipment, so that’s centrally, and from then on the post person uses the postal address, not the Eircode, to complete the delivery.”
“And they say that it was never intended that the postal address, that postal staff would spend time checking every letter, or any of them, as part of the standard delivery work procedure…”
RTÉ One journalist Brian O’Connell during a report on the controversial Eircode system for the Today with Seán O’Rourke show
Following on from Mr O’Connell’s report, Minister for Communications Alex White was interviewed by Mr O’Rourke.
Seán O’Rourke: “This is something that you feel is worth the, well it now seems like a €50million investment?”
Alex White: “Well I don’t know where the €50million comes from but…”
O’Rourke: “Well €38m and the €12m between the…”
White: “Yeah…I don’t know about the…”
O’Rourke: “€38m from the Comptroller and Auditor General..”
White: “€27million was paid out and then, you know, the Comptroller and Auditor General pointed out that you have to add in the cost of external consultants, you have to add in, you have to put a price on the cost of my staff, the staff in my department, which wasn’t in factored in, and there’s VAT. So certainly there’s a cost here and I don’t doubt that there’s a cost but I think that it’s a very, very worthwhile investment for this country, a critical piece of public infrastructure…”
Readers may wish to note that Mr O’Rourke never asked Mr White about the particular concerns raised in the C&AG report in relation to non-competitive tendering during the hiring of consultants for the Eircode project.
Listen back to the report in full here
Further to Alan O’Regan’s question yesterday about An Post not accepting his Mastercard…
David S writes:
“I messaged An Post and asked them if they accept One4All cards in Post offices as payment. … They don’t. An Post own the One4All company, it can be used in 7,000 outlets throughout Ireland, purchased in 1,100 Post Offices throughout Ireland, but not used in their own branches… Seems ridiculous!”
Previously: Ask A Broadsheet Reader
Stamp this out.
Vanessa S writes:
A lot of people will find themselves without cards and presents this year in the Midlands and Dublin. Envelope cut in the middle with knife, card taken out and put back in the wrong way (as above). I have written to An Post:
Dear An Post
Can I kindly request that your staff refrain from opening my post? Perhaps you could you know, spread some festive cheer by not fleecing us twice, once for the stamp and again for the contents!
No there was no cash in there. The people who chanced their arm were left empty handed because they thought a small cheque was cash! Some other people won’t be as lucky.
Deranged urban myth/postal paranoia or ‘on the money’?
Only you can decide.
Grand Canal Dock apartment block, Dublin 2
Spotted in North County Dublin at the weekend
(Thanks Alex Connolly)
Go home lady.
Nothing to send here.
Anna McHugh of An Post writes:
Due to industrial action in mails processing centres by staff of supplier company IO Systems who are members of the Communications Workers’ Union (CWU), An Post greatly regrets to advise customers NOT to post any mail items, with immediate effect, today Friday. Also, as a result of this industrial action, there will be no mail collections from businesses today, Friday.
Mail deliveries are operating as normal today (Friday). A small number of letters were not processed last night due to the industrial action between IO Systems and the CWU.
An Post greatly regrets this inconvenience to our customers and urges the parties involved to resolve their differences through the normal industrial relations procedures.
Feargal Purcell writes:
An Post’s new 70c stamp marking the centenary of Pádraig Pearse’s historic speech at the graveside of O’Donovan Rossa was today unveiled in Rosscarbery, Co Cork by John Whelpley, great-grandson of Jerimiah O’Donovan Rossa.
Designed by Red&Grey Design, the stamp features a graveside photograph of Pádraig from the Keogh Collection at the National Library and may be viewed or purchased at our website [link below], at main post offices and the GPO Dublin. A limited edition First Day Cover envelope is also available….
“Through my work as a Postmistress, every day I listen to and discuss the concerns and needs of people. What I hear very strongly is a need for greater Government support for vibrant communities, where people can access the essential services they require and can do their day-to-day business.
As a candidate I am not just about the Post Office. If elected, I will work for stronger policy, and more investment, in each of the areas that make communities vibrant – schools, health services, transport and jobs.”
Seona O’Fegan who is standing as a Post Office candidate in Galway West. She is the Postmistress at Barna and Fr. Griffin Road Post Offices in Galway city.
(Pat Moore/Photocall Ireland)