Eircode, Ireland’s new postcode system was officially launched this week and among the earlier adopters of the new codes will be the Department of Agriculture.

It his hoped the new Eircodes will make peoples lives easier by enabling them and businesses to find every address in Ireland in a more logical fashion.

Eircode says currently over 35% of addresses in Ireland share their address with at least one other property, making it difficult for those delivering goods and services to accurately identify the location of an address.

Eircode has been designed specifically to overcome this problem. Unlike other countries where postcodes define a cluster or group of addresses, a unique Eircode will be assigned to each residential and business address.

According to its creators having an Eircode, will remove the hassle and mistakes out of finding addresses in Ireland.

The Department will be asking for your code

The Minster for Agriculture Simon Covney has said his Department has been represented at regular meetings of the Public Sector Forum which is managing the introduction of Eircodes.

According to the Minister, as soon as Eircodes are introduced, it is planned to adopt a focused approach of getting customers to supply their Eircodes at an early stage which will more accurately identify the postal address of customers, thereby decreasing the risk of non-delivery of mail due to incorrect or inaccurate addresses and facilitating the location of specific addresses by Department officers.

He said reference to an Eircode, where appropriate, will be built into future correspondence, scheme documentation and application forms issuing from his Department.

However, he also said administrative references, such as herd numbers and PPS numbers, will continue to be essential elements in the operation of department schemes.

How to find your Eircode

You do not need to apply for an Eircode they have been assigned to existing postal addresses and you will be notified of the Eircode for your address.

Over a two week period during the Eircode launch phase, an Eircode letter will be sent to each residential and business address. This letter will notify the occupant of the Eircode for that property.

You can also find your Eircode at www.eircode.ie