Postcode system to be launched today – Donegal’s will begin with F9

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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.

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.

Sligo and Donegal's identifying letter is 'F', for example, Highland Radio's postcode is F92 VW08