Govt watchdog doubtful Eircode will achieve benefits Govt had hoped for

Govt watchdog doubtful Eircode will achieve benefits Govt had hoped for

The State's spending watchdog has strongly criticised the Government's handling of the new national postcode service.

The Comptroller and Auditor General says it is not clear that the €38m Eircode scheme will achieve the data-matching benefits the Government had hoped.

It also says "some aspects" of the procurement process were unsatisfactory.

Eircode has been regularly criticised since it was launched by the Communications Minister earlier this year - with freight companies, couriers and emergency services describing it as "not fit for purpose".

The C&AG also says there were a number of shortcomings in how the service was created.

It says cost-benefit analyses carried out by the Department of Communications were based on an entirely different model to the area-based scheme the Government eventually settled on.

The Comptroller and Auditor General says aspects of the procurement process were unsatisfactory - including EU concerns over the qualifying criteria; and a pattern of non-competitive tenders for consultants working on the project.

Estimates from last month put the total projected cost of Eircode at €38m.

The C&AG now says it is not clear that data-matching by Revenue, identified as Eircode's main benefit to the public sector, will even be achieved.


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