.ie

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.ie
Logo of the IE Domain Registry
Introduced 27 January 1988[1]
TLD type Country code top-level domain
Status Active
Registry IE Domain Registry
Sponsor University College Dublin
Intended use Entities connected with
Ireland
Registration restrictions "All applicants applying for a .ie domain name who are not situated in the 32 counties of Ireland, must demonstrate a real and substantive connection with Ireland (with the exception of those applying by means of Community Trademark)."[2]
Structure Registrations are done directly at the second level.
Documents Registration policy
Dispute policies IEDRP
Website iedr.ie

.ie is the country code top-level domain (ccTLD) which corresponds with the ISO 3166-1 alpha-2 code for Ireland. The Internet Assigned Numbers Authority (IANA) list the Computing Services Computer Centre of University College Dublin as its sponsoring organisation for the .ie domain.[3] Since 2000[4] the business of administrating the domain registry has been handled by IE Domain Registry Limited.[5] Domain name registration is open to individuals located in, or with a significant connection with, any part of the island of Ireland.[6] In 2006, .irish was a proposed new generic top-level domain (gTLD) for the global Irish community.

History[edit]

.ie was registered on 27 January 1988[7] and a year later the registration of .ie domain names was delegated by Jon Postel to the Computing Services Computer Centre of University College Dublin, then headed by Dennis Jennings. In 2000, the administration of the .ie domain was sub-delegated by UCD to a new company, IE Domain Registry Limited.

Government regulation[edit]

In 2000, the Irish parliament enacted a law giving the Minister for Public Enterprise the power to make regulations regarding the registration of .ie domain names.[8] In 2007 this power was transferred to the Commission for Communications Regulation (ComReg).[9] As of June 2013, no such regulations have ever been made and University College Dublin is still the Internet Assigned Numbers Authority's sponsoring organisation.[10]

Registration policy[edit]

The IEDR is considered more conservative than other similar authorities and places certain restrictions on registration. The .ie ccTLD is primarily a business orientated ccTLD for Irish businesses and businesses doing business in or with Ireland. It has allowed personal domain name (PDN) registrations though these would only account for approximately 1% of the number of .ie domain registrations. An individual is allowed to register their own name or a variant of it with a utilities bill or passport as proof of entitlement.

Registration policies have been liberalised somewhat in recent years and rules such as the one against registering generic domain names have been dropped. The .ie ccTLD is a managed ccTLD where applicants for .ie domain names have to provide proof of entitlement to the domain that they want to register.

Registration is restricted to entities with a connection to Ireland. Thus, American singer Melanie was not allowed to register Melan.ie;[11] whereas Microsoft, which has a corporate presence in Ireland, was allowed to register Modern.IE, whose full name reflects its purpose as support for IE (Internet Explorer).[12][13]

Registering a domain[edit]

The typical registration fee via accredited .ie registrars [14] is approximately €25 (plus VAT of €5.75). The IEDR charges a retail price of €62.00 (plus VAT of €14.26) per year for direct registration and is considered a registrar of last resort for registrants who do not wish to go through the registrar network. This higher than normal registration fee means that it is not competing with its accredited registrars. Registration is free for charities registered with the Revenue Commissioners. Evidence of entitlement to the domain name (such as evidence of entitlement to use a particular business name via a Registered Business Name certificate [15] or registered company name) and a connection with the island of Ireland are required for registration.

Second level domains[edit]

There is no official second-level domain policy. A number of domain names, typically those of other TLDs, two letter domains and potentially offensive domains are forbidden from being registered. Nevertheless, the Government of Ireland began using the .gov.ie domain where once it used irlgov.i.e. Some government departments continue use their own non gov.ie domains.

Two character domains consisting of one letter and one number are permitted. The only exception to the two letter rule is the ul.ie domain which was registered by the University of Limerick before the rule came into effect. The domains in the forbidden category will return a record for a WHOIS query but they are not in the .ie zone.

Number of registered domains[edit]

As of 2 December 2013, there are 191,528 registered .ie domain names.[16] This has surpassed the number of Irish-owned and or hosted .com domain names. It is the preferred extension for new Irish businesses. Approximately 130 new .ie domains are registered each working day.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ IANA - .ie
  2. ^ "Registrations Policy". 
  3. ^ "Root Zone Database". Internet Assigned Numbers Authority. Retrieved 23 December 2012. 
  4. ^ Office of Public Affairs, UCD (1 November 2000). ".ie Domain Registry to Become Independent Service". Retrieved 24 December 2012. 
  5. ^ "Licensing & Services". Retrieved 24 December 2012. 
  6. ^ "Registrations Policy". 
  7. ^ "History of the Internet. ccTLDs in chronological order of Top Level Domain creation at the Internic". Retrieved 24 December 2012. 
  8. ^ section 31 of the Electronic Commerce Act 2000 [1] as originally enacted.
  9. ^ section 21 of the Communications Regulation (Amendment) Act 2007 [2].
  10. ^ "Root Zone Database". Internet Assigned Numbers Authority. Retrieved 23 December 2012. 
  11. ^ "New guide to IT law". The Irish Times. 28 July 1997. p. 8. Retrieved 17 June 2014. 
  12. ^ "Modern.ie Whois Lookup". Who.is. Retrieved 17 June 2014. 
  13. ^ Lardinois, Frederic (31 January 2013). "Microsoft Launches Modern.IE To Help Developers Test Thir Web Apps For Legacy And Modern Versions Of IE". TechCrunch. Retrieved 17 June 2014. 
  14. ^ "List of accredited .ie registrars". 
  15. ^ "Companies Registation Office - Business Name Registration". 
  16. ^ "Centr.org .ie Domain Count/IEDR membership page". Archived from the original on 2013-03-15. Retrieved 2013-03-15. 

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