Eircode launch sparks backlash

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The €27 million Eircode system has had a less than successful launch this week with concerns raised over inaccuracies, possible privacy violations, its complexity and whether delivery companies and mapping apps will actually be able to utilise it.

The €27 million Eircode system has had a less than successful launch this week with concerns raised over inaccuracies, possible privacy violations, its complexity and whether delivery companies and mapping apps will actually be able to utilise it.

Eircode says it will enable people and businesses to find every address in Ireland, increasing accuracy for deliveries in particular.

However, within hours angry residents of Co Leitrim took to social media pointing out that the addresses recorded on the Eircode system were incorrect.

For example, those living in the north Leitrim village of Dromahair found themselves relocated to Co Sligo, simliar issues were also recorded by residents of Kiltyclogher, Kinlough, Tullaghan, Rossinver and Newtownmanor, who were also detailed as being in Co Sligo, while in south Leitrim Carrigallen was relocated into Co Cavan.

A spokesperson for Eircode told the Leitrim Observer that “No address has changed – or will change – because of the introduction of Eircode.

“You should use the address (including the county) that you have always used, and simply add the Eircode at the end,” the spokesperson said.

The reason some addresses are showing with the ‘wrong’ county is that Eircodes are based on the existing An Post sorting system.

“In a small number of instances, the An Post sorting office is in a different county to the address.

“This has been the case for years and nothing has changed today,” she insisted.

People have also bemoaned the complexity of the new system with one twitter user noting there was “no way” they would ever remember the specific mix of letters and numbers for their house Eircode.