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More than €100,000 paid in poor box donations in Dundalk Court last year

More than €100,000 paid in poor box donations in Dundalk Court last year

Court defendants paid out more than €100,000 in poor box donations in Dundalk last year.

That was the fifth highest total in the country of the €2,007,140 created by the scheme last year.

In total €100,165 was paid into the poor box in Dundalk Court according to figures obtained by The Irish Sun via the Freedom of Information Act.

Only Kerry (€520,960), the Criminal Courts of Justice in Dublin (€229,673), ­Mullingar (€147,530) and Cork (€146,905) had higher amounts.

The system allows judges, at their discretion, to impose a fine in lieu of, or in conjunction with, another penalty.

The practice predates the foundation of the State and the proceeds are generally donated to local services and/or national charities.

The poor box is mainly used in the District Courts for crimes of a less serious nature or which would not get a sentence behind bars.

It is also used in the case of first-time offenders.

Nationally judges issued a combined 4,424 poor box orders in 2017 and 3,306 in 2016.

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