[ILUG] postal codes in Ireland [slightly OT]
cp.hennessy at openapp.ie
Thu Aug 19 13:50:46 IST 2010
On Thursday 19 August 2010 10:45:46 Kevin Brennan wrote:
> I see that a commercial organisation (www.myloc8ion.com) are now 'taking
> over' what the government has failed to do - implement a post code
> service in Ireland. Isn't this a sad state of affairs ?
> Perhaps there is room for an open alternative - after all isn't this
> just a glorified dns service.
There was a tender that went out a few months ago about this. I think that the
favoured solution is a small area code rather than a postal route code.
An Post do indeed have their own coding system all the way down the address
model to a building id.
However post/address codes are not only interesting for delivery of your mail
but also for defining your residence (or at least one of a block of 30 or 40).
This is useful for :
- routing of emergency services
- planning purposes
- statistical purposes
.. and many other non-postal purposes.
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