Eircode- Failure of the Year? 

It cost millions, but Eircode’s trumpeted benefits for business have not happened

Neil McDonnell, general manager of the Freight Transport Association of Ireland, whose members include the global delivery firms DHL and FedEx, says that as far as he knows, none of the association’s members is using the code. “The nature of a postcode as a random code is the significant problem. It is essentially a social security number for a property,” says McDonnell. “The code itself is a meaningless construct.”

Describing it as “worthless”, Irish Road Haulage Association’s presidentVerona Murphy says it was designed “as a system that only An Post could use” and it is “useless” for anyone else. “There was no input from those whom it’s supposed to service.”


nobody is using the wretched thing

We haven’t seen people using it,” says a member of the counter staff, who estimates that “about 2 per cent” of postage carried the code.

Source: Six months on, people still confounded by Eircode system


Its not like there hasnt been a massive and comprehensive scorching of this worthless heap of crap. But will this cabinet back down? Noo… Mere uselesness isnt a barrier to adoption it seems.

5 thoughts on “Eircode- Failure of the Year? 

  1. SamuelJohnson

    No TD has yet agreed to take the Eircode challenge outlined here: http://getlosteircodes.com/P=153.

    That is: given some envelopes, immediately identify those to be delivered on the same street.

    I am willing to contribute to crowdfunding an incentive for any to do so, for broadcast on YouTube or national TV, if that’s what it takes.

    Purpose: to demonstrate how “useful” Eircode is for delivery planning — which is why NO ORGANIZATION is using it, including An Post.

    In the meantime we need to continue to boycott this steaming pile of ordure. It needs to be replaced with something useful.

      1. Samuel Johnson

        The money could have been used for MANY things.

        We did, however, need a postcode. Like many, I live in a rural place and I have to guide courier deliveries to the road on which I live by phone EVERY TIME. A useful postcode supported by satnavs would have resolved that for good, for everybody, not just couriers.

        The cost to the economy of not having a proper postcode is a MULTIPLE of the money spent on Eircode so far–I’ve seen estimates of €200m annually. The expense would therefore have been justified if Eircode delivered.

        That said, there was no cost benefit analysis done, nor testing of any kind. To spend the money and get NOTHING useful is just a disgrace.

        That disgrace is compounded by the way it was done: a political stitch-up to protect An Post by denying competitors a useful code; by manipulating the tender process to exclude SMEs; by coming up with a code that had monetization rather than utility baked-in, and which will facilitate serious violations of privacy of Irish citizens (that is of anyone sufficiently foolish or naive to use it).

        Denmark provides a clear example of how things could have been done and the benefits have been clearly documented. Ireland, not for the first time, provides an example of the very, very worst way to do things.

  2. Leo Moore (@leommoore)

    The problem I have is that the current system is not much better than using the latitude longitude to pinpoint a postbox location. The whole reason for using postcodes is that it should be shorter and human readable. People will not buy into a meaningless code, after nearly a year after the launch who even knows the Eircode for their house or place of work?

  3. Barry O'Donovan

    One comment only: L6G 56LP

    This is the postcode on the website of Go Code, the company who ‘designed’ the eircode system.

    It’s not an eircode!


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