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We've (finally) been told when Ireland’s new postcodes get delivered

Eircode has been in the pipeline for quite a while now.

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EXPECT TO KNOW what your new digits are in about eight weeks time.

The company in charge of the new system say they’ll be posting a unique Eircode to 2.2 million households in the last two weeks of June.

The rollout is a number of months later than scheduled with the original plan hoping to have the codes in place by the Spring of this year.

The delay in rolling out the system was partly due to data protection concerns.

Legislation to go ahead with Eircode was finally agreed by the Department of Communications in February.

Each address in the state, including each flat in a block and each house in a townland, will have its own code. Businesses will also have their own code although a recent survey suggested that business owners weren’t too keen on the plan.

Each code will consist of seven digits – a three-digit ‘routing key’, and 4-digit ‘unique identifier’.

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The final four digits will be completely random and the identifiers of two neighbours will bear no relation to each other.

It’s led to criticisms that the random nature of the codes could mean that one incorrect digit could lead to emergency services being sent in the complete wrong direction.

The routing key of neighbouring addresses will be similar with households in Dublin 18, for example, each beginning with D18.

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