TAOISEACH Enda Kenny says no child should be going to school hungry.
But Mr Kennny gave no commitment to provide extra funding for school meals schemes.
Independent TD John Halligan urged the Taoiseach to meet with school principals on foot of a survey last week suggesting one in five pupils are turning up at school without breakfast.
Mr Halligan appealed to the Taoiseach to meet with school principals.
Mr Kenny said €37m was being spent a year on school meals programmes.
“There shouldn’t be any child hungry in an Irish school,” he said.