Domain names with ‘fadas’ to be available for first time

by Donal O Nuallain
16 Mar 2016
1 minutes to read

– Irish businesses will be able to register websites with fadas when the policy changes later this year

– Public consultation runs to 21 March

Irish businesses will be able to register ‘dot ie’ domain names that include fadas later this year, says the IE Domain Registry (IEDR), the company that manages Ireland’s .ie domain.

This policy change will allow companies – for the first time – to register  a .ie domain name that includes á, é, í, ó and ú.

IEDR is currently conducting a public consultation process and is asking interested parties to have their say before the 30-day process ends on 21 March.

The policy change and implementation basis have been prepared and recommended by ie’s Policy Advisory Committee (PAC), the forum through which advice and counsel of industry stakeholders is provided.

Details of when ‘fada .ie domains’ will be available and how businesses can register their domains will be confirmed on completion of the public consultation.

David Curtin, Chief Executive of IEDR, said: “I am delighted that ‘.ie fada domains’ are soon to be available to Irish businesses. This is the week we celebrate our National Holiday and our sense of and pride in being Irish. Our language is a key part of that identity and something which distinguishes us from every other country.

In the week of Seachtain na Gaeilge also, making ‘fada .ie domain names’ available will now provide a further opportunity for us to showcase that identity to a global online community. Just like .ie domain names, ‘fada .ie domain names’ will allow businesses to communicate trust, familiarity and Irish authenticity.”

Interested parties can find further information:   https://www.iedr.ie/internationalised-ie-domain-names/

The public consultation document can be found at: https://www.iedr.ie/uploads/2016/02/IDN-Public-Consultation-Document.pdf