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On the 2nd of August 2011, The Communications Regulation (Postal Services) Act 2011 came into effect. This Act provides the final stage in opening the postal services market to competition. A requirement of the third EU Postal Services Directive.

The Act also:

  • sets out the regulatory obligations of postal service providers
  • guarantees the ongoing provision of a universal postal service
  • enables the Minister to establish, maintain and operate a national postcode system
  • amends Broadcasting legislation, principally to give legal effect to Budget 2011 decisions regarding payments from TV Licence receipts, including a provision for the funding of TG4.