A licence for the sale of tickets has been granted to a national charity based in Mayo.
Tom Brophy, chairman of Kiltimagh-based Victim Assistance, lodged an application at Castlebar District Court for the lottery licence for one major draw and a series of smaller draws to assist the charity, which is struggling to raise funds at present.
Mr Brophy said it is hoped to hold one major draw where the first prize will be a car worth €26,400. Victim Assistance also plans to host a series of smaller draws in the coming months. The cost of a ticket for the major draw is €20 or €50 for three.
“We have a quite significant shortfall in funds this year,” Mr Brophy told the court. “This is the first time we have ever had to apply for a licence but it will assist in the general development of the organisation.”
Mr Brophy said the charity is partly funded by the Department of Justice through an annual grant of €70,000 but the running costs are €394,000 so there is a significant shortfall. He said it is an “uphill struggle” to keep its service running. The charity offers emotional and practical assistance to all victims of crime and those who have experienced a traumatic incident. It works with the various Garda victim services nationally along with other charities and organisations to provide confidential support to victims of crime.
There was no state objection to the application.
Granting the licence, Judge Fiona Lydon requested that the charity’s solicitor, Charlie Gilmartin, ensure she gets to purchase one of the tickets as “this is a very altruistic charitable organisation”.