It's slow progress, but the .ie domain continues to add SMEs who want to have a distinctly Irish identity online.
There are merits in this, but what's of most interest is that less than a third of Irish SMEs still have no online presence at all, and so risk losing out to international competition.
The .ie domain registry has reported a 6% rise in revenues for 2016 to over €3m. The .ie Domain Registry (IEDR) maintains the .ie domain – the official internet address for Ireland. A total of 34,615 new .ie domains were registered in 2016, a 1.7% decrease when compared to 2015 (35,225). Chief Executive of IEDR David Curtin said: "We will continue to ensure dot ie is the domain name of choice for business owners who need a presence online, with a website or email address that is identifiably Irish. "We continue to work with Ireland’s SME community to introduce them to the benefits of e-commerce. "This is a priority: Ireland’s e-commerce market is set to grow to €14billion by 2021, but with less than a third of our SMEs trading online, businesses risk losing out to online international competition."