In 2010, the .ie database consisted of 154,918 domains; in 2019, that number was 280,958. The difference is staggering and reflects a decade of work to make .ie domains more accessible and relevant to the changing needs of twenty-first-century Ireland. It also demonstrates the unrelenting pace of digital transformation and technological advancement. In the last ten years, the internet has become as vital to everyday life and business as electricity, running water, and road infrastructure.
In 2019, the majority of the .ie database comprised companies and self-employed entrepreneurs (79.5%), a figure broadly in line with 2018. Because it is protected, a .ie domain is the best way for Irish businesses to demonstrate their trustworthiness and authenticity to local and international customers.
New .ie registrations by individuals increased by 27% in 2019. As social platforms are increasingly consolidated by large corporations, and their terms of service restricted or altered, professionals, creatives, and hobbyists are seeking a private digital space that they can fully control. This has been a consistent upward trend.
Out of the 280.958 ie. domains, 255,944 are registered on the island of Ireland (251,861 Republic of Ireland; 4,083 from Northern Ireland). British-registered .ie domains continue to make up the majority of internationally registered .ie domains; new registrations from Great Britain increased slightly (1,313 from 1,306), up +0.5% in 2019 compared to the previous year. Among the top 10 international registrants of .ie domains, the Netherlands recorded the highest increase in 2019 (+84.7%), followed by Germany (+29.3%). Bulgaria recorded the second-highest number of new .ie domain registrations in 2019 (546). .ie domain holders in these countries typically have business operations in Ireland or can prove some other kind of personal connection.
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