Several former social workers were paid large six-figure sums by the HSE to represent children in court last year with the highest earner paid €317,000.
Figures provided by the HSE show the highest earning individual was paid €317,000 in 2013, while the next highest was paid €297,000 (see panel).
A number of the top earners were previously employed as social workers for the HSE, while others held management positions with the Executive.
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