IE Domain Registry (IEDR) has reported that 39,523 new .ie domains were registered in 2017- an average of 108 a day. The figure is a 14% increase on 2016 and the biggest single year for new registrations. The increase was driven by nationwide demand, with new registrations up in all but four counties on the island of Ireland. Corporate bodies and sole traders make up the majority of new .ie registrations (67%) in 2017. The following table shows the figure per province:
LEINSTER 66% 24,776
MUNSTER 20% 7,905
CONNACHT 9% 4,866
ULSTER 5% 1,976
Online address registrations are often recognized as a forward indicator of economic growth and entrepreneurship.
We would like to hope that these increases in .ie domains are leading to larger increase in local businesses in Ireland.