We have been managing the .ie country code Top Level Domain (ccTLD) namespace since 1991. Our work includes protecting, supporting and promoting the online presence of all .ie domain names.
We originated in University College Dublin, and in July 2000 became a private company. We have no shareholders, the company is owned by its members who are the directors. This structure, being limited by guarantee, is a very common one for domain registries around the world. Surpluses are not distributed, they are added to opening reserves. Directors, as per the company’s constitution, do not have a “beneficial interest“ in the reserves of the company.
Only we can administer and manage the .ie namespace. These acts are undertaken as a public service. We liaise as required with government departments, governing bodies, trade associations and abide by Internet best practice principles while still operating as an independent private company.
Our mission is to provide registry and related services to the Irish local and international internet communities. In cooperation with our Registrars, technical partners and stakeholders we help shape the development of the internet landscape and ecosystem. We are an integral part of the national internet technical infrastructure.
Our vision is that IE Domain Registry will be nationally and internationally recognised as an innovative, independent, trusted provider of secure internet services, advocating increased e-commerce adoption and stimulating the growth of Ireland’s online communities.
We strive to be fair, equitable and transparent in our dealings with Registrars and stakeholders. We operate with integrity and ethical values while also adhering to the strict corporate governance guidelines. In our efforts to serve the local Internet community we always work with enthusiasm, dedication and pride.
Our strategic priorities are:
To help shape the development of the internet landscape and ecosystem.
To advocate for e-commerce enabled website usage and to become a digital advocate for the SME community through active involvement and engagement with stakeholders.
To deliver on our customer service, technical and other obligations as the active Registry Operator for the .ie namespace in Ireland.
To continue our ongoing customer experience (CX) innovation and improvement programmes and to develop new customers.
To achieve company-wide growth by developing the .ie brand in order to achieve annual new growth rates greater than our competitors (.com/new TLDs) with retention rates comparable to similar ccTLDs.