Figures from the newly launched Child Care Law Reporting project show that Letterkenny District Court was one of the busiest in the country when it comes to child care applications granted.
The latest figures, which relate to 2011, show that over 200 care orders were granted to the HSE, Donegal District Court awarded 24.
The Courts Service Child Care Statistics for 2011 are for child care applications made by the HSE, and granted to the District Courts in that year.
They show that at Donegal District Court, there were 27 Care Orders or Interim Care Orders sort with 24 granted.
At Letterkenny District Court some of the highest figures in the country were recorded - 10 supervision orders were sort and granted, 30 Care Orders were sort with 27 granted while there were 206 Interim Care Orders applied for by the HSE with 188 of those successfull.
The number of applications however does not reflect the number of families and children under HSE supervision or in HSE care, as there may be multiple applications for the same family or the same child.
Three children under the age of three left alone in an apartment without food, heat or light and a mother who left her child in a wheelie bin.
These are just two of the harrowing cases from the family law courts - which have been published online for the first time today by the Child Care Law Reporting Project:
Its Director is Carol Coulter: [podcast]http://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/04/18carONLINE.mp3[/podcast]