On March 21st 2018 the Irish registry will ease its registration policy. From that day onwards, it will be easier to register a .ie domain name.
The South African registry is currently holding a survey to gauge the interest in registrations directly under .za. Depending on the results of this survey, they will further examine whether the introduction of .za can be interesting.
Until recently you needed to meet a lot of restrictions if you wished to register a .boats domain name. The .boats registry has now reconsidered this decision.