Public consultation opens for .ie domain sales

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19 July 2016 | 0

The Irish domain registry body, IEDR, has announced the opening of a public consultation period on a new policy to allow the private sale of .ie domains.

Those wishing to comment have until 16 August to provide feedback.

The subject of the new policy as known as ‘secondary market,’ and has arisen from an increased demand for .ie domains, and a need to protect the public from unauthorised .ie domain sellers.

Under the proposed policy, an owner of a .ie domain will be able to sell it on to a private buyer, via their original registrar, providing the buyer meets the .ie domain ownership criteria, namely, having a provable connection to Ireland.

Such private sales of national domains is already permitted in many other countries, including the United Kingdom, Germany and Australia.

The precise mechanism of the .ie domain sale process will be announced following completion of the consultation, said IEDR.

“.ie is an ‘Identifiably Irish’ domain associated with authenticity, trust and reliability,” said David Curtin, Chief Executive of IEDR. “By creating a regulated secondary market, we are providing increased access to a respected and valued domain while protecting consumers from rogue traders.

“Following careful consideration by key .ie namespace stakeholders and IEDR’s Policy Advisory Committee (PAC), we are now asking the public to take part in our open 30-day consultation and provide feedback on the proposed secondary market policy,” said Curtain.

Interested parties may submit feedback on the proposed policy here, or by emailing


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