Over half a million euro collected in court fines in Kerry

Over half a million euro was collected in court fines in Kerry in 2012. That’s according to figures in today’s Irish Examiner. Tralee Courthouse1 The court poor box is used as an alternative to a conviction or a custodial sentence and is frequently used in the Kerry district courts. It is the discretion of the judge as to where this money goes. The statistics show that €50,000 of the fines collected two years ago were allocated to local charities. For example, Kerry Rape and Sexual Abuse Centre got €200 and the Kerry Hospice Foundation received €1,250. In contrast around €480,000 was allocated to overseas charities. Sightsavers International and Christian Blind Mission each got €60,000. Nationally, almost 2.1 million euro was collected around the country through court fines in 2012.