More needs to be done to protect the country's most disadvantaged from food poverty, according to the Social Inclusion Minister.

Joe O'Brien is calling for child-centred welfare payments - such as the working family payment - to be increased.

He also wants to see the hot meals programme rolled out to early childcare facilities.

Director of Early Childhood Ireland, Frances Byrne, says she supports the idea, but says the kitchen facilities vary in different creches...

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