The Mayor of Galway City, Councillor Eddie Hoare recently launched the National ‘Show Me I.D – Be Age OK’ winter campaign, which took place at Freeney’s Pub in the Latin Quarter in Galway City.
The campaign is 'urging retail and hospitality staff to play an essential part in protecting minors in local communities against the sale of age-restricted products, which include alcohol, lottery tickets plus various tobacco and vaping products'.
'Brilliant Online Tool'
Coming into the busiest period of the year for the retail and hospitality sector, staff are encouraged to avail of the free training module to ensure they are best prepared to confidently handle potential incidents of non-compliance with the law.
Speaking at the launch of the campaign, Mayor Hoare, said, "The training module is a brilliant online tool that staff can utilise to ensure they are confident and assured behind the till whenever they are confronted with situations in which a minor attempts to purchase an age-restricted product or presents an illegitimate form of identification.
"It is initiatives like 'Show Me I.D - Be Age OK' that will help to protect our local communities from under-age gambling and the consumption of alcohol, tobacco and vaping products, so I would encourage staff across the country to avail of the training."
Over the course of 2023, the campaign has received a 'wealth of support' from Minister of State for Law Reform James Browne TD, President of the Vintners Federation of Ireland, Councillor John Clendennen, Deputy Mayor of Limerick City, Councillor Daniel McSweeney, and County Councillor for South Dublin County, Emma Murphy.