Published on Thursday25thApril2019

Government Encourages Use of Eircodes to Combat Rural Crime


The Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment Richard Bruton T.D., Minister for Justice and Equality Charlie Flanagan T.D. and Minister of State Sean Canney T.D. today (Thursday the 25th of April) encouraged farmers, householders and business owners to use the Eircode system to combat rural crime.

An Eircode is a unique seven character code assigned to each individual address in Ireland. The government are today encouraging property owners to mark their property with this unique identifier, through the Property Marking Ireland programme. The aim of the programme is to deter theft and enable An Garda Siochána to identify and reunite stolen property with its owner. 

Property theft depends on criminals profiting from selling stolen goods. A stolen item, which is marked with a unique identifier in a discreet and difficult to remove location is less attractive to criminals. Furthermore, a marked item is much easier to return to an owner if recovered by An Garda Siochána.

Property Marketing Ireland, a not-for-profit company, works with local communities to run events where people can get property marked with their Eircode. In the coming months property marking with Eircodes will start in Donegal, Sligo, Cavan, Louth, Clare and Tipperary.

For members of the public that are interested in having their property engraved with their Eircode can ask their local authorities about Property Marking Ireland or contact Property Marking Ireland, more information can be found at