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The next batch of local websites are going to be a little bit more Irish

Future .ie websites will be allowed to use fadas as part of their domain name.

IRISH WEBSITES WILL soon be able to put fadas into their URL as part of a new policy change.

The IE Domain Registry (IEDR), the company that manages Ireland’s .ie domain names, will allow individuals and businesses to register their site using fadas.

The change means that anyone will be able to include á, é, í, ó and ú when typing in a URL.

The IEDR says the move will allow Irish language speakers to conduct their business, and other online activities, more effectively and allow those with Irish names like businesses and government departments to obtain a domain name that reflects their activities.

Before it’s implemented, a public consultation process is currently underway and is allowing those interested to voice their opinion before the 30-day process ends on Monday 21 March (the consultation originally started on 21 February).

When that process is completed, the next 30 days will be a ‘sunrise’ period which will allow trademark holders to register .ie addresses that correspond exactly to a protected right, as a way of reducing cybersquatting and brand infringement.

The 30 days after that will be the ‘landrush’ period and will allow existing .ie holders who have Irish language sites to register, before the offer is opened to all.

The CEO of IEDR David Curtin said he was “delighted” that it could offer the service nad it will help “showcase [the Irish] identity to a global online community”.

Making fada .ie domain names available will now provide a further opportunity for us to showcase that identity to a global online community. Just like .ie domain names, fada .ie domain names will allow businesses to communicate trust, familiarity, and Irish authenticity.

Further details of how you can register a fada domain name and its pricing will be confirmed after the public consultation is completed.

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