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Here's what Ireland's new system of postcodes will look like

The format of the seven-digit Eircode has been detailed.

It won't actually be floating over your house... we think.
It won't actually be floating over your house... we think.
Image: Eircode.ie

THE GOVERNMENT HAS revealed more details about Ireland’s new postcode system, due to be rolled out across the country next year.

Known as Eircode, it will be used to locate every individual address in the State.

Eircode.ie details that “every address in Ireland will receive its unique Eircode in Spring 2015″.

“An Eircode will identify an individual address – rural or urban – and help show exactly where it is located, unlike other countries, where postcodes define clusters or groups of addresses.  ”

“It is much more than just a postcode.  It is a smart location code for all Irish addresses.”

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

PastedImage-26423 Source: Eircode.ie

The routing key is not directly liked to any individual towns or counties, and has been liked to a prefix number on landline phones.

The unique identifier is for an individual address.

The code’s design has a “flexible structure with plenty of spare capacity”, EirCode.ie details, and so is future-proofed.

Businesses will be encouraged to adopt the code later this year.

Watch: Pat Rabbitte ignores questions about leadership, talks for 73 seconds about postcodes >

Read: 8 typically Irish postcodes we should definitely hang on to >

More: Government to open up new postcode database to businesses – at a cost >

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