Government Minister to delay Irish postcode system. Not such a big surprise. The plan had been to launch a scheme by January 2008, but the project appears to have become mired.
It is really a shame that these things take so long. Obviously, it is a hard problem for a government to grasp and to find a way to work with all of the key players.
Here’s a clipping of an article from the Examiner newspaper about this (A lot of the comment is just plain wrong. You would not need to survey Ireland in detail to assign postcodes. This surveying has already been done, it’s a matter or re-purposing the databases that already exist, not creating new ones.