The Central Bank of Ireland is strongly urging members of the public to collect any loose change they may have lying about at home, and donate it to charity.
The bank made their comments after revealing that Ireland has far too many one and two cent coins, the majority of which aren’t in circulation, and are left unused.
It is believed that Ireland has issued nearly €2.5 billion in coppers, which works out at around €1,500 per household.
Ronnie O’Toole from the Central Bank told the press “There’s a number of charities out there who will happily accept them,” he said. “The change for charity campaign have got coin acceptance points in AIB, Bank of Ireland, Penneys, Supervalu and a number of other retailers – they just launched a couple of months ago.” “They’d be delighted to get any coins that you have and put them to good use – they’ve got some excellent charities they’re supporting.”