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    Country-Code Top Level Domains (ccTLDs) Irish Government To Delete .ie Registry?
    posted by michael on Monday December 16 2002, @03:56AM

    Anonymous writes "The Irish government is considering stripping IE Domain Registry Ltd (IEDR) of the right to administer the .ie cctld. The decision will be taken in January and the service may be put out to public tender. Other sources say that the service will not be put out to public tender. Eitherway, it looks like IEDR is in trouble."

    The Irish internet community has long being critical of the IEDR management's ways. The last straw appears to have been the court case that the removed CEO, Mike Fagan, is taking against the IEDR. The report of the investigation carried out by auditors KPMG may be particularly damning to Fagan and the whole management of IEDR. Fagan had obtained an interim court order preventing IEDR from acting on the report until the case is heard on December 17th in the Dublin courts.

    Recent outages of the IEDR website, which was hosted on a webserver in the USA only added to the problems. The webserver was that of the company (easiwebmaker) of Mike Fagan's son. The webserver was part of the Easiwebmaker content managment system. The deal between IEDR and Easiwebmaker amazed many in the Irish internet community as the IEDR website did not particularly need a CMS. The HackWatch site, a long time critic of IEDR management ripped apart the notion that IEDR needed a CMS and also called for the government to step in and delete IEDR. The blog can be a bit extreme at times but it does seem to think that .ie stands for something. The Irish business magazine Business and Finance ran an article that stated that the government is strongly considering stripping IEDR of the right to administer .ie. The decision on the redelegation will be made in January.

    Last Friday, IEDR moved its website back from the Easiwebmaker webserver in the USA. The website is being hosted once more on an IEDR IP in Dublin, Ireland. IEDR looks to have dropped the CMS. Mike Fagan's name and NIC-Handle was stricken from all IEDR domains last week. IEDR is severing all links to the Fagan era but it may be too little and too late to save IEDR and its board.

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