In 2009,The Minister for Communications, Energy and Natural Resources Eamon Ryan T.D., announced that the Government had approved the introduction of a national postcode system for Ireland.
In 2005, a Working Group recommended the introduction of postcodes on the basis that such a system would provide efficiencies within the postal sector, boost national competitiveness and assist in the provision of public and private sector services.
In July 2006, a report by the National Postcode Project Board recommended the most appropriate postcode system for Ireland. The NPPB Board, which comprised representatives of the Government and public and private sector organisations, identified many postal and non-postal benefits of introducing codes. A third report was commissioned to further analyse and quantify the wider benefits of postcodes.
The framework for the postcode system we plan to adopt is the 6 digit alpha numeric model, publicly available and accessible model as recommended by the National Postcode Project Board in 2006. The model will be capable of being further refined into a location-based code.
The country would be divided into approximately 200 post towns. Within each post town there would be groups of approximately 40 to 50 properties. The postcode would have the structure ABC 123 in its numeric code, the first three characters representing the post town, the second three representing the group of properties in which the particular building is located.
There is nothing in the proposal that requires individuals to change their address structure, so elements such as the existing Dublin postal district coding structure could be accommodated within the postcode itself. Additionally, there is nothing to prevent a person from using a form of address in either of the official languages of the State.
Please see the links below to copies of the reports on Postcodes
Postcode Working Group Examination of issues in relation to the introduction of Postcodes in Ireland Report 2005:
National Postcode Project Board Recommendation of NPPB on Implementation of Postcodes Report 2006:
National Postcode Project Board Technical Design Report 2006:
National Postcode Project Board Monetary Cost and Benefits Analysis Report 2006:
National Postcode Project Cost Benefit Analysis Consultation Report July 2006:
PA Consultancy Building the case for Postcodes Report 2008:
Project Status (May 2010)
DCENR invited tenders in late January 2010 for a Project Manager to advise on the implementation of a national postcode system. However, due to a technical issue with the tender notice a cancellation was posted on the e-tenders website on the 15th of April 2010 along with a commitment to re-tender.
On the 10th of May 2010 DCENR published a new tender notice on the e-tenders website,
http://www.e-tenders.gov.ie/ for Project Management Services for the Implementation of a National Postcode System (specifically for a Service Provider to provide project management services to advise on, lead and drive the implementation of a national postcode system, to advise on the design and management of a selection process for a party or parties to implement, to maintain and to run a national postcode system and to ensure the delivery of a working postcode system).
The closing date for submissions of tenders for this competition was noon (12pm) on the 22nd of June 2010.
Postcode Tender Notice 10th May 2010
Project Status (September 2010)
Following on from the completion of the tender process as set out above, PA Consulting Services Ltd were appointed in September 2010 to provide Project Management services for the project.
The model to be adopted is an alpha numeric postcode model that is also capable of being refined into a location based code. The Department is targeting the end of 2011 for implementation of a National Postcode System (NPS).
Project Status (November 2010)
A Prior Information Notice (PIN Notice) has now been published on the etenders website to inform the market of the intention to tender for a body to implement and maintain the National Postcode System (NPS). A link to the PIN notice can be found below:
PIN Notice Postcode Project
Project Status (January 2011)
A Pre-Qualification Questionnaire (PQQ) has been published on etenders website. The PQQ is for the appointment of a Postcode Management Licence Holder. A link to the PQQ can be found below:
Project Status (September 2011)
The procurement milestones given in the PQQ are indicative. The procurement process is still ongoing.
Project Status (October 2013)
The Minister for Communications, Pat Rabbitte today got agreement from the Cabinet for the roll out of a new National Postcode System that will provide a unique seven character code to every letter box in the State by 2015.
Under the new system, Ireland will be the first country in the world to have a public database of unique identifiers for all properties that will assist citizens, public bodies and businesses to locate every individual household in the State.