Oireachtas Committee on Transport & Communications reluctantly allow Gary Delaney to appear before it…

On Tuesday last Gary Delaney the inventor of Loc8 Codes was very reluctantly invited before the Oireachtas committee on Transport & Communications. Mr. Delaney had tried to appear before the committee for over a year during which cheerleaders of the Eircode project were given unimpeded access to the committee.

Other than the chairman, ZERO government TDs were in attendance to hear the genuine downsides of Eircode from one of the few people technically qualified to advise the committee on postcodes.  Gary launched the very accurate and proven Loc8 codes in 2010 and has issued over 250,000 “postcodes” to date…this man needs to be heeded.

Some (government T.D.) members of the committee claim they were not notified the committee was even sitting on Tuesday.

2 comments on “Oireachtas Committee on Transport & Communications reluctantly allow Gary Delaney to appear before it…”

  1. Concerned Citizen Reply

    I had to laugh out loud at the naivete of Senator Eamonn Coghlan who clearly failed ENTIRELY to grasp the difference between the concept of a 7 digit code ending in 4 random characters and a structured code derived from lat/long coordinates with locality information. He seriously believed (assumed — because CAPITA would never sell us a pup) that a SatNav would be loaded with every address in the country AND KEPT UP TO DATE.

    This is just not going to happen. First, the SatNav companies are NOT going to use Eircode and even if they did the practicalities of keeping it updated are insurmountable unless we all move to realtime navigation — consulting a online database to, in effect, get lat/long coordinates. That isn’t going to happen either.

    The Eircode fiasco will be a case study in business schools before too long.

    Yet another victory for cute hoorism and sure-it’ll-be-grandism. What could go wrong with a system that was planned with no cost benefit analysis, decided on without consultation with the emergency services, which was not designed to meet the widest number of use cases, and which wasn’t tested before introduction? Surely, Ireland is the only developed country in the world in which this could happen?

  2. Eamonn O'Regan Reply

    Two months after the launch of the post codes, there appears to be little if any evidence of adoption by the public or State agencies. Take the postal service, which is very good in Ireland with largely next- day delivery. It has managed fine without it so people ask themselves,quite understandably, what is the point of these codes. A few people I know have lost their codes and cannot recall them. ( why should they, they don’t need them)

    Buying on line and having had to fill out a post code box, people have put in fictitious codes that…..work for that purpose!

    eBay does not accept the so- called Eircodes, and declares them ‘invalid’ should you try to enter one in an edited delivery address.

    Your Satnav system, bee it Tom Tom or Garmin, doesn’t work with these.

    My house has had a number of letters from Sources such as Revenue, Social Welfare, Irish Water, etc, etc. None of these have used a post code.

    In addition to the above, their use is entirely optional, their usefulness very much in question. This begs the question: who seemed up such a crackpot post code system that appears to be going nowhere. It’s a scandal, and merits the attention of the CAG when better use could have been found for such a large sum of money. Eircodes are a fiasco, and no amount of bluster changes that fact.

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