FIGURES published this week show that more than €47,000 was paid to charitable and voluntary organisations in Limerick last year through the Court Poor Box scheme.
According to the Courts Service of Ireland, 56 different groups across the city and county received payments ranging from €100 to €6,550.
All of the monies were paid by individuals who were prosecuted and brought before the courts for criminal offences but who are unlikely to have had convictions recorded.
Use of the poor box has no basis in law but dates to the foundation of the State.
It is at the discretion of individual judges it’s use varies greatly in court districts across the country.
Typically, at court sittings in Limerick, poor box contributed are requested in the case of individuals who are prosecuted for minor drugs offences and public order offences.
Generally, offenders are given three months to pay and are warned that a conviction will be recorded and a fine imposed if the contribution is not paid.
Some of the groups which received funding in Limerick last year were St Vincent De Paul (€6,550), Redemptorists Poor Campaign (€3,000), Daughters of Charity (€2,000) and Kilmallock Active Age (€1,500).