The Communications Minister will launch Ireland’s first national post code service today. 2.2 million homes and businesses across the country will be assigned an individual 7 digit ‘Eircode’ – which they will receive in the post in the coming weeks. The optional service has cost over 20 million euro and is aimed at reducing confusion surrounding non-unique addresses. An Irish post code service was first proposed over a decade ago – and will be formally launched by Communications Minister Alex White this morning. Some 27 million euro has been spent on the Eircode scheme so far – which will see a seven digit code assigned to every property in the country. Some 35 per cent of address in the State are not unique – and the scheme has been created to address that issue. Dublin’s codes will start with the letter D – with current postcodes like Dublin 1 becoming D01. Cork City is expected to get the letter T – while Galway to get H. The Eircode system will be optional – so homes don’t have to use their codes if they don’t want to – and it won’t eliminate any existing lines in addresses. All 2-point-2 million properties will be mailed their code over the next fortnight – or members of the public can check their code on eircode-dot-ie.