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Dot ie domain policy changes - public consultation begins

The IE Domain Registry has ask us to inform members about a proposed policy change which aims to make dot ie domains easier and faster to register.

The change

If passed, the change will mean that you won’t need to provide a claim to register your dot ie domain name. This means that anybody with a connection to Ireland will be able register any dot ie domain name they want.

This is a big change to how dot ie registrations work. The IE Domain Registry currently checks every dot ie domain registration to ensure that the applicant has a valid claim to the domain name and a connection to the island of Ireland. With this policy change it effectively means that any dot ie domain name is available on a first come, first served basis, to anybody with a connection to the island of Ireland.

What’s not changing?

.ie domains will still be: 

  • Reserved only for people and businesses with a connection to Ireland
  • As safe as ever
  • Checked to verify that the people registering them are who they say they are
  • Checked to ensure that the people registering them have a connection to Ireland

The ask

Members are advised of this change in order to give you a chance to register, and protect, any dot ie domains that you would not want to fall into a competitor’s hands. This is an important message that we believe all ICS, HISI, BAAI, ADPO, itSMF Ireland and Iasa Ireland members should be informed about.

The details

The IE Domain Registry have prepared a short informational flyer which we encourage you to share with your IT colleagues.

A public consultation on the proposed policy change is currently underway and will close on 30 September 2017. You can have a say at

The IE Domain Registry wishes to work with our members to make sure that this change is a positive one for all Irish businesses and consumers. An FAQ is available on the IE Domain Registry website. Please contact them at if you have any questions or if you would like any more information about this.

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