If you have visited Ireland, you will know that finding a specific Irish address can be difficult. Why? Mainly because one third of Irish addresses are not unique – they have no property name or number.
You can imagine the costs in terms of non-delivery, delayed delivery and delivery fraud. Organisations and people sending mail and parcels were entirely reliant on the local knowledge of the postie.
In addition, insurance and financial institutions have been unable to specifically identify an address, exposing themselves to expensive property risks.
This problem was compounded by the fact that Ireland did not have its own postcode system. Now it does. It’s called Eircode and it is available as part of our AFD WorldAddress solution.
Eircode – Ireland’s Postcode
Every single one of the 2.2 million letterbox addresses in Ireland has its own unique Eircode. The Eircode has now been appended to government data where 47 million different versions of Irish addresses have each been resolved and appended with the correct Eircode.
Just like the UK postcode, initial take-up of the Ireland Eircode has been slow. However, the rate of use is rising and two 30 second TV advertising campaigns are helping to drive take-up by making it clear just how much citizens have to gain by using it. You can see them below:
Having a postcode system is regarded by the United Nations as a key component of national and international economic development. The system is already delivering financial and service benefits to Irish citizens as organisations like PayPal increasingly insist on its use and as Irish residents see the service benefits of voluntarily using their Eircode.
For the first time, you can have your Irish data cleansed to delivery point level and use Eircode with AFD WorldAddress to ensure that from now on Irish addresses entered into your database are consistent.
Eircode with Geocode
As an option, we can also provide a grid reference with every Eircode, providing pin-point accuracy for logistics and distribution route planning and ‘Where’s my nearest?’ solutions.
Please note, addresses for Northern Ireland are included as part of all AFD UK data solutions.
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