Anger over new postcode system

There is anger in south Roscommon over the new postcode system ‘Eircode’ because many areas are being listed as being in counties Westmeath or Galway, instead of Co. Roscommon.

  The Government unveiled the new system on Monday.

  Every property in Ireland has its own individual identification number, designed to make it easier to deliver mail.

  However, Roscommon People have found numerous errors in the system.

  Addresses in Bealnamulla, Monksland, Creagh and Brideswell all listed as Athlone, Co. Westmeath, instead of Co. Roscommon, including the Hodson Bay Hotel and the Athlone Springs Hotel.

  Secondly, addresses in Dysart, Taughmaconnell and Ballyforan are listed as being in Ballinasloe, Co. Galway, instead of Co. Roscommon.

  Cllr. John Keogh, of Fianna Fáil, strongly criticised these errors.

  He said: “It is just not acceptable. The members of the public are particularly exercised about this issue.

  “I have been receiving complaints about the fact people are being put down for Co. Galway and Co. Westmeath when, in fact, they live in Co. Roscommon.

  “They applied for planning permission in Co. Roscommon, paid their development charges in Co. Roscommon and they want to live in Co. Roscommon.”

  However, an Eircode spokesperson said: “No address has changed – or will change – because of the introduction of Eircode.

  “You should use the address (including the county) that you have always used, and simply add the Eircode at the end.

  “The reason some addresses are showing with the ‘wrong’ county is that Eircodes are based on the existing An Post sorting system.

  “In a small number of instances, the An Post sorting office is in a different county to the address.

  “This has been the case for years and nothing has changed.”

  Numerous Co. Galway addresses are actually listed as being in Castlerea, Co. Roscommon, such as Glenamaddy, Glinsk and Williamstown.