We’d like to update you on some of the things we’ve been up to in recent weeks. We’ve been pretty quiet in the last while, which is mainly due to a lot of things being in the pipeline. We’d like to bring you up to date on some things we’ve been up to.
Firstly, we’ve been in extensive consultations with the Department of Justice, Equality and Law Reform about the Miscellaneous Provisions Bill. We’ve heard encouraging things about some of the parts of the bill you asked us about. Specifically, it is not the intention of the bill to curtail private second-hand sales. There will also be oversight for superintendent permission for sites within the Garda structure. We’ll update you with more as we get it. We’re currently drawing up detailed standards for retailer licensing and site permission at the request of the department. We’ll publish these as soon as we submit them, and as always invite feedback and suggestions from the community and venues and retailers, be they members or affiliates or not.
We’d like to congratulate the Irish team who attended Berget 7 in Sweden last week. As always, the Irish emerged with a spotless reputation as fantastic, honest, and effective players. Long may it continue! The IAA gave each player who attended a unique “Na Fianna” tricolour patch, so if you see someone on a site with one over the next while, ask them for their war stories!
We’re also delighted to see our affiliates expanding. Airsoft Reloaded and G-TAC have both announced the opening of new venues for Airsoft, and we’ll be sure to let you know more as we know it. We’ll be carrying out site inspections in the near future as they’re built and playtested, and if the existing sites built by G-TAC and Airsoft Reloaded are anything to go by, we’re very excited to see the results! We’ve also gotten word of another of our affiliates opening a new venue. Stay tuned for further info as it happens.
Lastly, we’re now up and running on getactive.ie, the online portal for Irish people wishing to find a new activity to stay active and healthy. getactive.ie is run in conjunction with the Sports Council and the Federation of Irish Sports. Airsoft is a fantastic way to keep in shape and exercising, and we’ll be using this high-traffic site to promote airsoft as a sport suitable for all ages and fitness levels.
That’s all for now. Stay tuned for more information very soon.