As best I can tell, this represents the state of the rules for the IE domain as of 1996, obtained (by permission) from Dr. Niall O' Reilly himself.

1. Introduction

The top-level Internet domain name for Ireland is IE. In common with other top-level domains, the IE domain is administered by a naming authority. This function is provided for the IE domain as a public service by University College Dublin.

The hostmaster team at UCD Computing Services has been taking care of this work since 1991. This team has developed policies and procedures based on Internet standards, on discussions with service providers and B network experts both within and outside Ireland, and on experience.

These policies and procedures are described here in order to provide a point of reference for applicants, for service providers, and for the hostmaster team itself so that each application for registration of a domain name within IE can be handled predictably, consistently, and without any delay due to misunderstanding.

The sections of this document are arranged as follows.

  1. Introduction (this section)

  2. Procedure

  3. Requirements

  4. Refusal of Registration

  5. Updating and Termination of Registration

  6. Recommendations

  7. Liability and Indemnity

This document was first published in June 1995. It was most recently revised in September 1996.

An index of current hostmaster documents is also available.

As already mentioned, this document is based on contributions from many people by way of suggestion and discussion. Such contributions are gratefully acknowledged from colleagues in UCD; from Mike Norris, Mike Nowlan, Nick Hilliard, Daniel Karrenberg; and especially from Piet Beertema, who provided a copy of the requirements for registration of an Internet domain under NL.

2. Procedure

An application for registration of a domain name under the top-level domain IE must be submitted to the

  Naming Authority for the IE Internet Domain
  University College Dublin
  Computing Services
  Dublin 4
  Phone: (01) 706-2375
  FAX: (01) 706-2862

Questions regarding registration may also be addressed here, preferably by electronic mail.

The naming authority for IE deals only with primary sub-domains of the top-level domain IE. Second- (or lower-) level sub-domain registration is the responsibility of the administrative contact-person for the primary sub-domain (see below).

Each application for registration of a new domain name must include the following items.

The preferred format for submitting registration or update information is based on RIPE object templates.

The contact persons registered for a domain may include one or more representatives of the service provider. However, at least one of the contact persons registered must represent the applicant rather than the service provider, and must have authority to act for the applicant.

On acceptance of an application for registration of a new domain name, the hostmaster team makes the necessary entries in the DNS zone file for the IE domain, and the applicant becomes the holder of the domain name.

Whenever any of the registration details for a domain must be updated, any of the registered contact persons may submit an update request (see below).

3. Requirements

At the time of registration, the proposed domain name must be both valid and available. Then and subsequently, the domain must be reachable and well managed so as to avoid un-necessary nuisance to other network users. These four classes of requirement are specified in detail in this section.




Good Management:

4. Refusal of Registration

A request to register a domain name may be refused on any of the following grounds.

5. Updating and Termination of Registration

Any of those registered as a contact person for a domain may at any time request an update to or termination of the domain’s registration. The naming authority will normally give effect to such a request within the same delay as for a registration request.

When the holder of a domain name is changing service provider or engaging the services of an additional service provider, the new service provider is specifically excluded by the provisions of the preceding paragraph from requesting an update to the domain’s registration. The new service provider may advise the naming authority of what is planned (and this is normally useful), but the latter shall take no action without first receiving a request from an already-registered contact person for the domain in question, who represents the holder of the domain name. By this means, the naming authority avoids acting with a third party to interfere in an existing relationship between service provider and client.

Whenever the naming authority receives conflicting requests for update to or termination of a domain’s registration, the naming authority shall be free to determine which, if any, request to honour.

When a domain ceases to satisfy any of the conditions of reachability or of good management (see section 3 above), the contact person(s) shall be notified and given the opportunity to correct the deficiency. Should the necessary action not be taken within a reasonable delay, the naming authority shall be free to terminate registration of the domain without further notice.

6. Recommendations

7. Liability and Indemnity

University College Dublin acts as naming authority as a public service neutrally and in good faith subject to the following conditions.

Niall O' Reilly