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Court Poor Boxes Paid Out €1.6 Million To Various Organisations Last Year.

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The highest amount was in Portlaoise, at €155,000.

Courts poor boxes paid out nearly €1.6 million to organisations last year.

Charities, sports clubs and men's shed groups were among those to benefit.

Eoghan Murphy reports:

The highest amount was in Portlaoise, at €155,000, followed by €131,000 in Mullingar and €129,000 in Cork.

Judges normally use the system for a minor criminal offence - asking people to donate instead of getting a conviction.

Solicitor Jason O'Sullivan says last year's figures are not surprising.

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