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Purchasing a Domain Name in Ireland

Updated on Wednesday 13th December 2017

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Purchasing-a-Domain-Name-in-IrelandThe .ie domain name in Ireland

The .ie name is Ireland’s country code top-level domain name and was first registered at the beginning of 1988. Ireland’s top-level domain name is currently administered by the IE Domain Registry Limited which falls under the regulations of the Internet Assigned Numbers Authority (IANA). Domain name registration is available for both individuals and Irish companies. For information about setting up an e-commerce company you can refer to our experts in company formation in Ireland.

Legislation related to domain name registration in Ireland

Irish citizens must pay attention to the regulations issued by the IE Domain Register when it comes to the purchase and registration of an Internet domain name. The Irish Domain Register enabled certain restrictions to citizens mainly because the .ie domain name was designed for business purposes, meaning Irish companies will have priority. Irish residents, however, are also allowed to register their own name with the Domain Register even if in a smaller percentage. Restrictions also exist when it comes to the registration of domain names related to Irish public authorities.

How to register a domain name in Ireland

The first step to register an Irish domain name is to submit the chosen name with the IE Domain Registry for approval. Once the name is approved one must make sure all the documentation is in place. The next step will be to find an accredited registrar that will host the registered name, pay the registration fee and the final step is to submit the domain name registration application. The documents required to register a domain name must prove the applicant is connected to Ireland. Among the accepted documents are:

Foreign citizens or companies are allowed to submit any evidence of trading or providing services to Irish clients. They can also submit proof of future relocation to Ireland. Domain name registration in Ireland is subject to the first come, first served policy.

If you need help with domain name registration for your business you do not hesitate to contact our specialists in company registration in Ireland.


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