By Aodhan O'Faolain and Ray Managh
An Post is entitled to deliver mail to customer's addresses that are different from the actual geographical address, the High Court has ruled.
An Post had brought High Court proceedings arising out of a direction by the Commission for Communications Regulation (ComReg) which regulates postal services to deliver mail to a specified customer using the actual geographical description of that customers house instead of their postal address which was different.
An Post opposed the direction on grounds including that it amounted to an unacceptable form of micromanagement of its postal delivery service.
It also argued that if had to use geographical addresses - as opposed to postal addresses - on a nationwide basis it would require a costly and fundamental restructuring of the manner in which mail is sorted and delivered throughout Ireland.
In his ruling today Mr Justice John Hedigan quashed ComReg's direction and said that An Post is entitled to use what it describes as 'postal addresses' to facilitate its system of delivering and sorting post.
The court further granted declarations including that An Post has an obligation to deliver post to the 'postal address' of the customer and not to any other of a number of addresses such as for example the District Electoral Division in which the customers house is located.
Copyright Ray Managh