Donegal’s townlands may soon be relegated in importance when a new postcode comes in.

The whole thinking behind the proposed Eircode postcode system is to have an easy way of identifying every part of the country.

By assigning a code, this will make it easier to find locations, be it for deliveries or emergency services.

One of the difficulties at present is that townlands can stretch over variable areas and can have different spellings.

Today the Oireachtas Joint Committee on Transport and Communications will continue its consideration of the proposed Eircode postcode system when it meets with representatives from Nightline, Ireland’s largest independent logistics company.

The new postcode system for Ireland has been described as a smart location code enabling every residential and business address to be located.

Chairman of the Committee John O’Mahony TD says: “With Ireland being one of the few developed countries without postcodes, there is a clear rationale for the introduction of a national postcode system.

“At a meeting earlier in the month, the Committee heard concerns from freight industry representatives that the system for Ireland as currently proposed would be of questionable value to them. A further meeting heard Department representatives, and the company awarded the contract for establishing and implementing the new system, respond to these criticisms. 

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