As many people will be aware, a lot of genealogy happens on the internet these days. As professionals, we depend on certain websites being available to do our work.
Irishgenealogy.ie is one of those sites. It’s a state-run free website which hosts civil and religious records. When it launched in 2016, I called it a gamechanger. It literally changed how effective I could be as a genealogist.
It’s been offline since last Wednesday afternoon. There’s a problem with the captcha. It’s run by the Dept of Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport & Media, headed up by Minister Catherine Martin. I emailed a contact there on Thursday morning, who replied thanking me for letting them know, and said they were working on it as a matter of priority.
I emailed the same person again on Friday and got a meaningless reply.
I literally cannot run my business without this website, and that’s a problem. It’s compounded by the fact that the public office for the GRO, which provides the same material (at a pay per view price) only opens one day a week now. One of the reasons they get away with such a poor service is because of Irishgenealogy.ie.
Of course, I could revert to how I worked before this website existed, but it’s a slower, more expensive service, which isn’t fair on my clients.
So we wait & hope that it’s back tomorrow. And if not, get in contact with public representatives.