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Almost €200,000 raised for charity through court fines last year

Oct 21, 2021 07:10 By Shannonside News
Almost €200,000 raised for charity through court fines last year Almost €200,000 raised for charity through court fines last year
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Each Judge decides the charity to which the fines will go.

Close to €200,000 was paid to court poor boxes in the Shannonside region 2020.

According to figures released to Shannonside Northern Sound, the region's 8 courts generated €195,350 for local charities.

Nationally almost 1.6 million euro has been raised for charities and organisation's through court fines last year.

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Payments into court poor box are usually directed by judges where the offence is minor in nature and would not attract a custodial sentence.

Longford Court House was the source of the 5th highest level of payments in the entire country, with €76,750 raised for local groups over the course of the year.

Longford Women's Link received the highest allocation locally from the court fines with €20,000 donated to the group.

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Athlone sits the next highest on the list at €52,900 paid to the court poor box, with Esker House Women's Refugee the largest beneficiary.

Monaghan Court House saw €27,300 raised in fines, with various Saint Vincent De Paul chapters in the county allocated the money.

Cavan and Ballinasloe are next on the list, with €14,000 and €6,050 raised respectively for SVP and other services.

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In Carrick on Shannon Court House, €6,050 was ring-fenced from fines towards a number of local initiatives.

The lowest amount in the region was generated at Roscommon Court House, where €650 was split between three charities.

Monies paid out of the Court poor box are at the discretion of the Judge, while organisation's wishing to become a beneficiary may apply in writing to their local District Court office.

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