The Irish ccTLD (.ie) currently has some rather archaic and subjective policies that are hard to understand for many.
Under a new policy proposal which is currently open for public consultation this could all change quite dramatically.
What is being proposed is to radically reduce the requirements for IE domain name registrations to one basic requirement – a “link” with Ireland.
At the moment you have to provide this link, but you also have to explain and rationalise why you want to register every single domain name you want to register.
The waters are further muddied by IEDR referring to themselves as “a managed registry”, so many people assume that IEDR will carry out extensive vetting of registration requests, which simply isn’t the case.
You can read more about the proposed changes here and submit your answers to the consultation questions here.
The policy proposals all stem from the introduction a couple of years ago of a policy development process which to date has led to the introduction of short IE domains, IDNs and the removal of a restriction on an aftermarket.