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.