The HSE took in €5.2 million last year from fees at its hospitals' car parks.
According to figures, released under the Freedom of Information Act, almost €1.3 million was earned from the car park at Cork University Hospital alone.
Here in Co. Kildare, Naas General Hospital car park, which is operated by the hospital, collected €122,585 in parking fees.
Elsewhere, in the Dublin Midlands group, the Midland Regional Hospital in Tullamore was paid €510,629 by a private operator.
The car park at Midland Regional Hospital in Portlaoise, which is operated by the hospital, made €314,832.
Mairéad Cleary reports: