Eircode, the controversial, multi-million euro postal code system for Ireland, has been launched by Alex White, the coalition’s minister for communications, and as expected the service comes with a host of issues. Topping these is the revelation that at least fifty thousand placenames across the country in the Irish language have been excluded from the new database. This of course is something that rights campaigners in the Hibernophone community have been predicting since the system was first mooted. From the Irish Times newspaper:
“Conradh na Gaeilge said there are thousands of inaccuracies and information gaps in the Eircode database. Its general secretary Julian de Spáinn has said the Irish version of many addresses will not be linked to their new Eircode.
Conradh said the problem was acknowledged by the Department of Communications earlier this year and a working group produced an action plan which laid out a programme over two years to resolve the situation at a cost of €200,000.
It has said the department is unwilling to sanction the expenditure.”
And why would it sanction the expenditure on our indigenous and national language when the Irish state, with all the “Team Ireland” and “wrap the green flag around me” nonsense stripped away, is simply a culturally dysfunctional “Little Britain” off the coast of Greater Britain? A schizophrenic, self-hating wannabe England of the West.
“Members of Conradh na Gaeilge donned vintage clothing to evoke memories of a 1910 protest at the GPO when the group sought to compel the British government to allow letters addressed in Irish to be delivered through the Royal Mail in 1910.
…as far as the group was aware, there are no plans to include or update about 50,000 addresses in the system as the Government was not prepared to pay the costs required.
Communications Minister Alex White said no addresses are excluded from Eircode.
“All addresses are included. Every single address in the State is included,” said Mr White. “People can be reassured on that. There will be no address excluded.”
However, Eircode director Liam Duggan conceded some addresses are missing, but said that it was a matter for the Department of Arts, Culture, and the Gaeltacht.”
In other words, this only effects the Irish-speaking citizens of Ireland and those who otherwise identify with the language, so pretty much, screw you.
Ah well, perhaps we need not worry too much given that the system is incompatible with in-vehicle sat-navs, Google and Bing maps, and has been rejected by most major logistics carriers and courier services? Furthermore there is no requirement for anyone to use it, and even if one were tempted to do so, you will still require your existing full address in combination with the unique identifying code generated by the postal database. So that’s €27 million of tax-payers money well spent then…
P.S. It’s Eircode not Éircode? Would the correct use of the accent be so great a challenge in the bastardised Anglo-Irish product name? And the codes generated by the new system use non-Irish characters like “W” and “Z”? Seriously, I loathe this so-called country and all it stands for.