Thousands of Co. Waterford people have found they have suddenly become citizens of the Premier County under the new Eircode system.
Deise residents living in communities near the Tipperary border were surprised to open their Eircode notice and find their county address was no longer Waterford.
Among those affected are people living in the Co. Waterford hinterland of Clonmel, residents of Kilmanahan, Ballymacarbry, the Nire Valley, Touraneena, Kilbrien, Carrickbeg, Carrick-on-Suir; Rathgormack, Clonea Power.
The situation prompted the Comeragh Municipal District Council in north Waterford to pass a motion at its monthly meeting last week requesting the Minister for Communications, Energy & Natural Resources to ensure the Eircode system doesn’t penalise Waterford people whose postal address is in a neighbouring county.
The motion calls on the Minister to allow these residents to rectify the address to their correct county address and to ensure they continue to be free to deal with Waterford local authorities for public service obligations such as motor tax payments.
Ballymacarbry Cllr Michael O’Ryan, who tabled the motion, said practically all Comeragh District residents along Co. Waterford’s northwest and northern border with Tipperary have received Eircode addresses with Co. Tipperary included.
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“While people are aware that Clonmel or Carrick-on-Suir is the postal address and have no problem with that because they are the nearest towns, they would have always inserted the word “via” and retained their homeland of Waterford, of which we are proud. I am one of these people,” he said.
“Vast swathes of Comeragh are effected by this anomaly and while it’s not a life or death matter it needs clarification.”
Cllr O’Ryan said he was asking the Minister to recognise people’s right to have an address which incorporates their native county or at least be given the chance to amend to their preferred option.
“I am also asking him to reply to the notion that this address, as is, will not be used as government correspondence with the intention of householders paying outstanding bills to the local authority as denoted by the last line of their address.”
“There has been an increase in bills these last few years including property tax, household charge, septic tank fee, Irish Water together with motor tax and other existing demands and I want to know will inhabitants of this county always be able to engage with governmountt at our own county level. I fear that central government may see us as people of a different administration, ie Tipperary.”
A spokesperson for Eircode said no address has changed – or will change – because of the introduction of Eircode. “You should use the address that you have always used, and simply add the Eircode at the end.
“The reason some addresses do not use the geographic county is that Eircodes are based on the existing An Post address. In a small number of instances, the An Post sorting office is in a different county to the address. This has been the case for years and nothing has changed as a result of the introduction of Eircodes.”