Speech at Second Stage of Communications Regulation (Postal Services) (Amendment) Bill 2015

As FF spokesperson on Communications, Energy and Natural Resources, I spoke during the Second Stage of the Communications Regulation (Postal Services) (Amendment) Bill 2015 about how Fianna Fáil welcomes this bill but has serious concerns with the new Eircode system, including the proposed non-sequential code design, safety issues, spiralling costs, and the tendering process.

The new code will be non-sequential, which means houses close by each other will not have similar postcodes. This, according to freight companies and emergency services, would lead to mass confusion.

Freedom of Information documents revealed that the Department of Communications ignored the advice of a private consultancy company and a State-appointed postcode board when it approved the design of Eircode. The new Eircode system has not been sufficiently tested and the random nature of postcodes is a serious problem for such a new structure.

We would hope that the Government has learned from the Irish Water mess by addressing these issues immediately.

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