Fianna Fail's backing the childcare industry's call for a 'living wage' to be introduced for all of its staff.

Providers, staff and parents are holding a national protest on February 5th over pay and staffing issues in the sector.

SIPTU says early years educators are paid an average of only 11 euro, 45 cents an hour.

Galway Deputy Anne Rabbitte, Fianna Fail's spokesperson for children, says they should be paid at least the living wage of 12.30.

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