Sinn Féin spokesperson for the Arts, Youth Affairs and LGBTQI Rights Senator Fintan Warfield has welcomed the passing of a Sinn Féin amendment in the Copyright and Other Intellectual Property Law Provisions Bill 2018 to allow certain libraries to sweep and archive the ‘dot-ie’ domain, despite Government opposition.

Senator Warfield said:

“The amendment allows for the creation of a legal digital deposit, which would allow the National Library of Ireland and others to sweep the dot-ie domain and archive digital publications.

“This deposit is already established in as Britain and most other EU countries, Australia, Canada and New Zealand.

“The absence of this deposit has created an ever-increasing hole in our national memory which will make the future understanding of our society difficult.

“This is a live issue as the average life of an individual web page is 100 days.

“I am glad to see common sense prevail and I look forward to see this proposal come to fruition”.