March 8, 2018
The rules for registering IE domain names are changing. From March 21, the need to explain why you want a particular name (the “claim to the name”) when registering an IE domain will be removed. This will make it faster and easier to get an IE domain. Anyone with a real connection to Ireland will be able to register any available IE domain they want.
In the meantime, it is important that you protect your brand and register any names you need before the rules change. The only way to ensure that no one registers a domain you want or need is to register it yourself. You can check availability by clicking here.
Disputes are handled using the IE Dispute Resolution Policy, however it can be a tedius and expensive process. Registering your names protectively is a much cheaper route.