Kerry accounted for 40 percent of the money paid into court poor boxes in 2014.
Nationally, according to the Irish Examiner more than 2 million euro was paid into court poor boxes last year, over 800,000 euro was paid in Tralee. The court poor box was used over one thousand times last year by judges around the country instead of convictions and fines for minor offences.
The Tralee court office recorded payments totalling €883,527 euro. Judge James O’Connor, like others, has the discretion to allocate the funding to charities or individuals.
In Kerry, international charities received almost 700,000 euro from the court poor box. Sightsavers International and The Christian Blind Mission were allocated 120,000 euro each. Ethiopia Aid got 90,000 euro, over 40,000 was earmarked for Oxfam Ireland and 35,000 was given to Bothar.
Domestic charities such as The Alzheimer Society in Tralee, Kerry Rape and Sexual Abuse Centre, the Saint Vincent De Paul and the Federation for Victim Assistance got payments ranging from 200 euro to several thousand euro each.
A plan to change the court poor box system was announced last year but has yet to be implemented.