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They have asked me to organise for their company name to become live as a domain for .ie
The plan is to host a separate website which will be made up of just the basic information (products, contact info, local regulations, etc), this will mostly be made up from content from there .co.uk site, but will have a few variations (currency, contact details, etc).
When a user enters the newsroom for example, the .co.uk newsroom will open in a blank window. This will avoid updating two websites and keep duplicate content to a minimum.
Do you think that I'm attacking it from the right angle, or should I just 301 the .ie to the .co.uk and also include the Irish content on the .co.uk site.
Host a separate .ie website with targeted content for the Irish market.
And I wouldn't just do a cut-amend-paste job on the content. Don't underestimate the negative response you could get to content that was obviously created for an English audience.