Before today's patch, whether Freedome was on or off didn't affect IRC. Now, if I switch Freedome on, IRC loses it's connection. And because most IRC servers are country- or ISP specific, naturally refuses to re-connect to my default server.
Did this issue happen after the recent upgrade to the new version of Freedome 1.2.2729.0? If yes, I would recommend to open a support ticket in order to get this investigated further.