A public consultation on the liberalisation of the .ie domain registration and naming policy is under way, which will continue until the end of September.

Currently, to register a .ie domain name, an individual or business must prove that they have a valid claim to the desired name and a real, tangible connection to the island of Ireland.

The IE Domain Registry (IEDR), the company responsible for managing and maintaining Ireland's country domain name, .ie, is proposing to retain the requirement for registrants to prove their connection to Ireland, but drop the need to prove a valid claim to the name.

If the policy change is approved, any individual or business with a provable connection to Ireland will be able to register a .ie domain name on a first-come, first-served basis.

The IEDR says registering the proposed change will "further open up the .ie domain namespace to citizens, clubs, communities and businesses".

According to the latest dot ie Domain Profile Report, which analyses the make-up and geographical spread of .ie domain registrations, there were 230,611 .ie domains in the database as of 30 June.

Between January and June there were 20,255 new .ie registrations, up 11% on the same period last year.