IsthisaBoy­zone bo­nan­zaforBer­tie?

Septem­ber 1994

New Ross Standard - - NEWS -

If you see the Min­is­ter for Fi­nance, Ber­tie Ah­ern, ap­pear­ing on ‘Prime Time’ in the near fu­ture wear­ing a Boy­zone badge or hat, you can be sure that he got them from Wex­ford.

That’s be­cause there was an un­usual ap­pli­ca­tion in the lo­cal District Court last week, which saw the gar­daí try­ing to dis­pose of property which was seized un­der the Copy­right Act out­side a Boy­zone con­cert in the town re­cently.

The property in ques­tion com­prised 127 Boy­zone badges, 5 caps, and a poster, and it was be­ing sold il­le­gally on the Main Street by un­of­fi­cial mer­chan­dis­ers.

The gar­daí seized the items from a num­ber of peo­ple and, be­fore ar­riv­ing in court last week, put them on no­tice that it was be­ing dis­posed of. But none of them wanted to claim it.

Judge Don­n­chadh O Buachalla there­fore or­dered that the property be for­feited to the State, which means that it now be­longs to the Min­is­ter for Fi­nance, who han­dles the coun­try’s cof­fers.

It is not known whether Ber­tie Ah­ern is a closet Boy­zone fan, but in any event, for­feited goods are usu­ally sold off and the pro­ceeds given to the State.

But it might just be prof­itable for him if he kept the caps and wore them dur­ing TV ap­pear­ances ev­ery now and then, to im­press the young vot­ers of Ire­land.

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