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Internet in the Republic of Ireland

In 2013 the Internet in Ireland is used by 77% of the population and is an important contributor to the economy and education.


  • Internet 1
  • Censorship 2
  • See also 3
  • References 4
  • External links 5


  • Internet users: 3.6 million, 77% of the population, 70th in the world (2011);[1] 3.0 million, 67th in the world (2009)[2]
  • Dial-up subscriptions: 34,109 or 2.1% of total Internet subscriptions (2011)[3]
  • Fixed broadband subscriptions: 1.045 million or 23% of the population (2011)[3][4]
  • Mobile broadband subscriptions: 583,755 or 13% of the population (2011);[3] 370,424 or 8.4% (2009)[5]
  • Internet hosts: 1.4 million, 40th in the world (2012)[2]
  • Internet censorship: Little or none (2011)[6]
  • Top-level domain name: .ie[2]

  • Commission for Communications Regulation
  •, service for reporting illegal Internet content
  • ISP Association of Ireland (ISPAI)

External links

  1. ^ Percentage of Individuals using the Internet 2000-2011, International Telecommunication Union, accessed on 19 August 2012.
  2. ^ a b c "Communications :: Ireland", World Factbook, U.S. Central Intelligence Agency, retrieved 28 February 2013
  3. ^ a b c d "Annual Report 2010 / 2011", Commission for Communications Regulation, 20 April 2012
  4. ^ Note: Because an Internet subscription may be shared by many people, the penetration rate will not reflect the actual level of access to broadband Internet of the population.
  5. ^ Annual Report 09, Commission for Communications Regulation (Comreg), 12 July 2010
  6. ^ a b "Ireland: Freedom of Speech and Press and Internet Freedom", Country Reports on Human Rights Practices for 2011, Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor, U.S. Department of State
  7. ^ "USD PPP for Eircom Next Generation Broadband Basic (512kbit/s up, 8.2 Mbit/s down) as reported in question 4e, OECD Fixed Broadband basket low 2", OECD Broadband statistics, Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development, September 2011, updated 18 July 2012
  8. ^ "Rabbitte unveils broadband plan", Mary Minihan and Deaglán de Bréadún, Irish Times, 30 August 2012
  9. ^ "History of INEX", Internet Neutral Exchange, retrieved 3 March 2013
  10. ^ "INEX Public Member List", Internet Neutral Exchange, retrieved 3 March 2013
  11. ^ "About ISPAI", Internet Service Providers Association of Ireland, retrieved 3 March 2013
  12. ^ "Register of Members (Current)", Internet Service Providers Association of Ireland, 1 August 2012, retrieved 3 March 2013
  13. ^ Jacqui Cheng (2009-02-23). "Record industry talks Irish ISP into blocking P2P sites". Ars Technica. Retrieved 2009-03-16. 
  14. ^ "Net campaign urges action over move to block websites". The Irish Times. 2009-03-04. Retrieved 2009-03-16. 


See also

Beyond these issues there are no government restrictions on access to the Internet or credible reports that the government monitored e-mail or Internet chat rooms. Individuals and groups could engage in the expression of views via the Internet, including by e-mail. Irish law provides for freedom of speech including for members of the press, and the government generally respects these rights in practice. An independent press, an effective judiciary, and a functioning democratic political system act jointly to ensure freedom of speech and of the press.[6]

Internet censorship in Ireland is a controversial issue with the introduction of a graduated response policy in 2008 followed by an effort to block certain file sharing sites starting in February 2009.[13] Grassroots campaigns including "Blackout Ireland" and "Boycott Eircom" have been established to protest the censorship.[14]


Established in 1998,[11] the Internet Service Providers Association of Ireland (ISPAI) listed 24 Internet access and hosting providers as members in 2012.[12]

Founded in 1996, the Internet Neutral Exchange (INEX) is an industry-owned association that provides IP peering and traffic exchange for its members in Ireland. The INEX switching centres are located in four secure data centres in Dublin: TeleCity Group in Kilcarbery Park, Dublin 22 & TeleCity Group in Citywest Business Campus, Dublin 24 and Interxion DUB1, and Interxion DUB2 in Park West. The switches are connected by dedicated resilient fibre links.[9] In March 2013 it listed 57 full and 18 associate members.[10]

  • 70-100 Mbit/s broadband service available to at least 50 per cent of the population,
  • at least 40 Mbit/s available to at least a further 20 per cent, and
  • a minimum of 30 Mbit/s available to everyone, no matter how rural or remote.

In August 2012 Pat Rabbitte, the Minister for Communications, Energy and Natural Resources, outlined a national broadband plan with goals of:[8]


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