A third of Irish businesses still without online presence as Ireland celebrates first Internet Day

on October 29th, 2015
  • 91% of Irish SMEs cannot process sales online, while 54% do not have websites optimised for mobile use
  • Figures outlined at launch of Ireland’s first Internet Day at CHQ Building this morning
  • Internet Day will feature two discussion panels, an address by futurologist Rudy de Waele and a week-long free public exhibition, The History and Future of the Internet

Over a third (37%) of Irish SMEs still do not have a website or any online presence whatsoever, according to a recent survey by the IE Domain Registry (IEDR).

The statistic, alongside other revealing figures which show 91% of Irish SMEs cannot process sales online and 54% do not have websites optimised for mobile browsing, were outlined this morning at the launch of Ireland’s first ever “Internet Day” at the CHQ Building.

Internet Day will be officially “tweeted open” by Minister for Communications, Energy and Natural Resources, Alex White TD.

The event, which marks International Internet Day, features a free public exhibition, The History and Future of the Internet in Ireland, and two morning discussion panels on e-commerce and the internet in 2030, with participants from Google, Dogpatch Labs and Irish start-ups Pointy and Sedicii.

Futurologist Rudy de Waele will address attendees on emerging trends in internet technology and how they’ll affect society in the decades to come.

Internet Day also features a selection of gadgets from past and present to view and interact with, including the revolutionary virtual reality headset, the Oculus Rift.

David Curtin, Chief Executive of IEDR, said: “Ireland is a world-renowned technology hub and we attract some of the best talent and best companies in the world. While this is a great thing, it’s important that we don’t lose sight of the profound contributions Irish academics, engineers and businesspeople have made to the expansion of the global interconnected internet.”

“Internet Day is a celebration and exploration of Ireland’s online heritage which outlines its greatest milestones and its most innovative contributors. It also gives us the opportunity to reflect on areas that we need to improve in, especially in important areas like e-commerce and mobile optimisation of Irish SME websites.

“Indeed, our findings from May this year highlight a serious deficit. 37% of Irish SMEs have no online presence whatsoever, while 91% cannot process sales online. In November, we will have a further update on these figures.”

“We hope that members of the public will take a moment to visit the exhibition and gain a deeper insight into how we, as a country, use the internet, and remember some of the Irish men, women and businesses behind it.”

The History and Future of the Internet in Ireland exhibition will run from Thursday, 29 October to Friday, 6 November.

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