THE number of people seeking a bag of coal from the Mayorâ€™s annual Christmas fund has risen by 25 per cent year on year.
Through the annual Mayorâ€™s Fuel Fund, Cllr Jim Long has confirmed that almost 1,000 people across the city are going to benefit from a free bag of coal this Christmas.
Such was the demand this year, Mayor Long redoubled his efforts to secure â‚¬25,000 in sponsorship to allow 940 people enjoy a warm Christmas.
And there is more good news: more than â‚¬7,000 in surplus funding will be donated to local charities, the Mayor confirmed.
Local business people have given thousands of euro in funding to help those in the city suffering from fuel poverty, with donations ranging from â‚¬100 up to â‚¬7,000.
â€œWe would be one of the only local authorities in the country who do this. Limerick City Council appeals for help each year through the Mayorâ€™s office to deliver a fund. It is known as the Mayorâ€™s fuel fund. We get sponsorship in, which allows us to advertise for the less well off and poor people to make an application to the Mayorâ€™s office for a free bag of coal for Christmas,â€ explained Mayor Long.