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When .eu launched a couple of years ago all member states were given the chance to put names down on a “reserve list”. The idea being that these names should only be registered either by the state or its organs.
Unfortunately some governments didn’t take advantage of this, with the end result being that the .eu launch led to domains like cork.eu and dublin.eu being registered to organisations with questionable entitlements.
Later this year Eurid will be launching IDNs in .eu. In simple terms you’ll be able to register domain names using characters other than standard ASCII – think accents, Cyrillic etc.,
And again, as .eu is run by the EU, governments were given ample opportunity to get names added to a reserve list.
However, the Irish government seems to have all but dropped the ball – again!
While other governments submitted large numbers of names, the Irish one seems to have restricted itself to IDN versions of “Ireland” and “Irish”. What’s even more insane is that they didn’t even bother putting a block on the word “dáil”, which is the Irish parliament!
Here’s the list (excuse the formatting, but the copy and paste from a PDF didn’t work too well):
You can download the full PDF here
Actually if you look at other countries Ireland didn´t even do that bad… Denmark or Finland for instance have even less on their list.
Then again, some of the Irish ones are pretty funny (like plain typos with foreign characters that don´t mean a thing, like Irelånd :D)