There were 329,265 .ie domains at the end of 2022, a 0.3% decrease on 2021.
New .ie domain registrations decreased by 22.6% in 2022 compared to 2021 due to a slowing down in the rate of registrations seen during the pandemic.
48,168 new .ie domains were registered in 2022.
The database of .ie domains grew by 17.2% compared to pre-pandemic levels in 2019 and by 26% on 2018 levels.
The figures are contained in the '.IE Domain Profile Report', an annual exploration of the .ie database published by .IE, the national registry for .ie domain names.
The report states that the slowdown in new registrations was predicted following a surge in growth when businesses across Ireland mobilised to get online during Covid restrictions.
According to the study, 500 cyber attacks were taken down in 2022 due to security monitoring of .ie sites.
Two in five were phishing scams and one in four were malware attacks.
Despite a significant increase in cyber attacks, websites featuring a security certificate declined by six percentage points resulting in more websites being vulnerable to attack.
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The report highlights that only individuals and businesses with a provable connection to Ireland can register a .ie domain and that applications from new customers are manually reviewed to ensure that they meet this requirement.
91% of .ie domain names are registered on the island of Ireland, with the total number of internationally registered .ie domains under 30,000.
Top international registrants are from Britain, the US and Germany.