Wallace abandons bid for rope-ladder used in Shannon stunt as scouts benefit
TD Mick Wallace will not get back the rope-ladder he used to enter Shannon Airport last year, as it has now been given to a group of young scouts.
A district court judge yesterday ordered that the rope-ladder gardaí confiscated from Deputy Wallace at the airport last year be forfeited to the State and be handed over to the First and Fourth Clare Scout Groups.
The group, which operates from the Scout Hall in Ennis, consists of around 150 beavers, cubs and scouts aged from six years up.
Judge Patrick Durcan said: "I hope they do well with the rope-ladder."
Scout Section Leader in Ennis Karen Kelleher said yesterday: "We will definitely put the ladder to good use. All donations are gratefully accepted".
Inspector Tom Kennedy said that if Judge Durcan didn't make the order, he would have to engage in a tendering process to see what group would secure the rope ladder.
The forfeiture of the ladder went ahead with Deputy Wallace's consent, in spite of his earlier efforts to have it returned.
Earlier this year at Ennis District Court, the Wexford deputy asked Judge Durcan: "Can I have my rope-ladder back?"
He made the request on the first day of the case in April, where Wallace and Independent TD Clare Daly were being prosecuted for breaching airport regulations when entering a restricted area at Shannon airport on July 22, 2014.
The two were subsequently convicted of the offence and ordered to pay a total of €4,000 in fines and given 30 days in prison if the fines are not paid.
At the outset yesterday, Inspector Kennedy said: "Mr Wallace was the notice party in this case.
"He had intended to be here, but he did contact us on Monday to say that he would not be here and the application could proceed and he wasn't seeking an adjournment.
"The rope-ladder was part of an extensive case that was heard before the court earlier this year."
Wallace and Daly have repeatedly said that they will not pay the fines and a prison term looms if the fines are not paid.
Wallace could not be contacted for comment yesterday. Earlier this month Daly confirmed that her fine remains unpaid and that she wouldn't be paying it.