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Time for more changes at IE Domain Registry as CEO reportedly resigns

According to a report on the IE Domain Registry website, the CEO, Mike Fagan has resigned (although I haven’t been able to get confirmation that this is actually the case). The full release is as follows:

IE Domain Registry Limited can confirm that today, prior to a disciplinary hearing, Mr Michael Fagan tendered his resignation as Chief Executive of the IEDR, which was accepted with immediate effect.

Mr Fagan was suspended in October last pending an investigation of the management of the financial affairs of the company.

Mr David Curtin, currently Financial Controller of the company, has been appointed acting Chief Executive.

Professor Sean Scanlan, IEDR Chairman, said: “I am very satisfied at the outcome of this process as it achieves closure on what has been a difficult time for the company. The IEDR is now free to focus on serving the needs of the Irish internet community.”

If this were true, it would mean that the IEDR has almost certainly entered into an expensive settlement with its employee. It will also have to pay for the throngs of high-end legal, financial and PR advisors it has retained over the last year.

When Sean Scanlan says ‘the IEDR is now free to focus on servicing the needs of the Irish Internet community’ does that mean that he and the rest of the current board of the registry are going to resign?

There is no doubt about the board members’ excellent credentials and their fine intentions, but they have failed to ever pay any more than lip service to the needs of the Irish Internet community. They haven’t consulted with the community in all that time. They have ignored and then attacked constructive criticism. As a result of all the disputes and rumours, the national registry has been turned into an international laughing stock – and this has all happened during the current board’s watch.

And anyway, after three years, it’s time for a change.

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  1. This episode has been embarrassing for the state of the Internet in ireland. The final paragraphs of the Register’s article just highlight this. The ministry in charge didn’t even know of the IEDR’s existence. Well done to yourself and IE Watch for your continued work in this area.