Would .ni be a more neutral email address?

A MAIL website reader has suggested using .ni on email addresses originating from Northern Ireland.

Richard Powell got in touch with us after reading of the proposal by Magherafelt Sinn Fein councillors to change the current suffix of the council’s website and email addresses from gov.uk to a more “neutral address.”

Sinn Fein councillor Sean Kerr, who plans to raise the matter at the next meeting of the council, recently said as an Irish Republican the current gov.uk address did not “rest easy” with him.

DUP councillor Paul McLean hit back saying that councillor Kerr needed to remember that Magherafelt district like the rest of Northern Ireland is an integral part of the UK.

After reading our report on the web Mr Powell decided to contact ICANN (Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers), the company responsible for creating and managing domain extensions.

“I proposed the extension .ni as Northern Ireland is becoming its own entity it should be given its own identity,” he said.

He said told them : “I live in Northern Ireland. A country that falls under .co.uk extension but also the .ie extension.

“I saw in a recent press article that companies and political parties want to neutralize themselves from .co.uk and .gov.uk so I am writing to ask how, if so, could it be possible to create the domain extension .ni (northern ireland) as Northern Ireland now runs its own government and is becoming more established as its on entity how can it have its own extension .ni “