Pat Flynn, in the Irish Examiner, reports:

The €38m system is not being used by An Garda Síochána, the National Ambulance Service, and the country’s fire services. The navigation system for the emergency services does not support Eircode and is not likely to in the near future.”

“The Emergency Call Answering Service (ECAS) which handles emergency calls through the 999/112 numbers also does not support the new postcode system.”

“…one senior fire officer said: “As it is, Eircode is worse than useless. We were expecting that the postcodes would be incorporated into satnav systems to make our jobs easier but it appears to be a right waste altogether.””

Emergency services brand Eircode ‘worse than useless’ (Irish Examiner)

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30 thoughts on “Eircode Red

  1. Joe835

    One simple way of making Eircodes more attractive for use by the public would be to make them compatible with Google Maps. Or Bing Maps. Or Open Street Map. Or any navigation software at all.

    Without that basic bit of joined-up thinking, they’re utterly pointless.

    1. mauriac

      but how to eke out some money?This post is just more evidence that the government couldn’t give a shit about the public good.

  2. Mé Féin

    The last time something like this happened, the minister had to resign and civil servants were sacked. I forgot where it was but I think it was in some other country.

  3. David

    So I checked to see if they had me and…the little red dot is on me polytunnel. No-one’s ever delivered anything there, so obviously Eircode doesn’t work.

  4. Kevin Finnerty

    I assume An Post are using it? Which means it’s useful to people living in rural areas who wouldn’t necessarily have numbers on their doors.

        1. Colin

          Its true. I asked one day if I just put my EirCode on a letter and posted it, would it arrive, which is entirely plausible as the post code is to your exact address, and was told No. They have no way of reading it or processing it. That alone should be enough for this to be scrapped.

          Only people I’ve heard using it are private couriers to find addresses in the sticks, nothing else.

    1. Always Wright

      I got in touch with An Post when my post stopped getting delivered. I helpfully offered my postcode but the nice chap told me that their system is not set up for use with Eircode.
      The ESB don’t use it either, which is why I spent twenty minutes on the phone guiding a very lost ESB man to my house through the wilderness.

      1. delacaravanio

        I presume you’re being flippant, because affordable GPS receivers have been available since the mid-1990s and, unlike Eircode, GPS is widely used.

  5. Custo

    My entire street doesnt appear on Google maps but my house is pinpoint accurate on Eircode. Funny old world.

  6. scottser

    roll up roll up, get your taxpayer funded white elephant, nice and cheap ladies get em while they’re hot, they’re luvley, cost millions never used – look at the shine on it, brand new it is – roll up, roll up..

  7. Jo

    Would the best thing not be the license plate for that county, ie D
    followed by a postcode D02 then an area reference D02 XYZ
    very easy to know the county and general area or is that too sensible

    1. mauriac

      they literally had to mess up the system ( rendering it useless for many services,research etc.) to try to sell it.

      1. delacaravanio

        Maybe I’m too cynical, but I can’t help but think that the shyte design of this system was a deliberate move.

        Under the EU requirements for “liberalisation of the postal market” it is a requirement that the government facilitate competition, however I can’t stop thinking that An Post benefits from the haphazard nature of addresses in this country as it prevents outsiders from entering the market.

  8. Walter-Ego

    A nice inquiry should get to the bottom of this,…….
    We’ll get back to you in 6 years, Scoops!

  9. Fergus the magic postman

    The potential failings of the whole eircode system were pointed out by many (including the dogs in the street) before all that money was spent on it.

  10. Kieran NYC

    WHY does Ireland always have to reinvent the wheel and come up with an ‘Irish solution’?

    Two perfectly good options – US zipcode and UK postcode. Pick one. Done.

    But nope,

    1. topsy

      Heard Alex White recently saying it is the best thing since sliced bread – so it must be. He’s a labour minister and as we all know they are all as honest as the day is long.

  11. Pip

    Back when I was a kid, all my relations in the Belfast area got their postcodes and we religiously (!) used them. My aunt in the city was BT5 7LR – my granny further out was BT38 9NE. If they were alive now they still would be thus coded. I remember the codes because they make sense. How could we make such a balls of it?

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