Ambulances and other emergency services are being delayed reaching those in need because of confusion over addresses that would be alleviated if Ireland had a postcode system, South TIpperary County Council has been told.
In one recent case, where there was a sudden death in a rural area, people tried to direct the ambulance crew to their destination via landmarks, according to one councillor. In another case burglars made a getaway because gardai went to a similar, but wrong, address.
The HSE has acknowledged response times are being affected by the difficulty in navigating Irish addresses.
Cllr Michael Murphy raised the matter, calling on the Minister for Communications, Pat Rabbitte, to prioritise the introduction of postcodes to assist emergency services.