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People  protest as part of a national day of action in 2013 to end direct provision.  Photograph: David Sleator

People protest as part of a national day of action in 2013 to end direct provision. Photograph: David Sleator

People living in Ireland’s direct provision are have their weekly welfare payments increased, in a move announcd on Wednesday by Taoiseach-elect Leo Varadkar and Minister for Justice and Tánaiste Frances Fitzgerald.

The increase of €2.50 per week for adults and €6 per week for children will benefit more than 4,000 adults and children living in direct provision. Mr Varadkar and Ms Fitzgerald will seek Cabinet approval for the increases.

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