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first_imgBrendan’s letter.A local civil servant has pleaded with An Post to make the new Eircode service ‘safe’ – after a postal experiment didn’t exactly go to the letter of the law.Brendan Flanagan works in the Maternity Benefits Section at the Department of Social Protection in Buncrana.Concerned that thousands of clients would receive their correspondence, Brendan decided to take matters into his own hands.He explained that with huge volume of mail outgoing every day, he decided to test the new codes, to see if he and his fellow workers could rely on them.“Firstly I went to the to the Eircode.ie website and entered “McCarter Rd, Buncrana” and several options came up, including “Intreo Centre”, which would be our address for Maternity Benefit.“So I chose that option, and the code came up, which is “F93 CH79”. Armed with this information, I addressed a letter to myself, with just my name and postcode, and sent it out through our internal mail, which was franked by our machine.“Normally most letters posted arrive the next day, and I was awaiting the delivery on Tuesday morning. It didn’t arrive. Nor did it arrive on Wednesday or Thursday. But on Friday it was returned with a Post Office sticker on it, informing us that it had an “insufficient address” and that they were unable to deliver it.”Brendan revealed the postage for this item is 66 cents, and he believes that An Post charge a fee for letters with “an insufficient address”, in order to return to the sender.He says he would like to now appeal to An Post to get their house in order before rolling out the system.“I would like to now ask An Post, to refund this fee to the us, and to let us know when it is safe to use the new postcode, as we in Maternity Benefit Section, strive to provide a good service to our customers,” he said.Ironically Brendan’s department is located in the same town which this week also gave an example of why the humble postman may know a lot more than the multi-million euro Eircode system.A letter addressed simply to – “Your man Henderson. That boy with the glasses who’s doing the PhD up there in Queens in Belfast, Buncrana, Co Donegal” managed to find it’s owner!RETURN TO SENDER! HOW DONEGAL EIRCODE EXPERIMENT WENT BADLY WRONG was last modified: July 20th, 2015 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Brendan FlanaganbuncranadonegalEircodelast_img

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