Fine Gael to unveil rolling manifesto as party conference continues

The Taoiseach has said the 'Republic of Opportunities' plan is a living document

Fine Gael to unveil rolling manifesto as party conference continues

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Fine Gael is proposing a commission on the status of women in Ireland, and job seekers allowance payments based on social insurance contributions.

The measures are contained in the party's 'Republic of Opportunities' document, which the party is describing as a rolling manifesto.

All of today's sessions at the party's national conference focus on the chapter heads of Leo Varadkar's document.

The Taoiseach says this is a living document and the policies are up for discussion and rejection.

Some ideas include a commission on the status of women to identify where equality and gender pay laws have failed.

On welfare, there is a proposal that someone who has paid social insurance all their working life would get a higher job seekers allowance if they find themselves unemployed.

The ideas will be thrashed out in a Q&A session with ministers later.

In a televised speech last night - his first national conference speech as Fine Gael leader - the Taoiseach addressed issues including Brexit, homelessness and changing technology.

On the subject of the housing crisis, the Taoiseach suggested: "We have a plan, the plan is working, and we won't stop until we succeed."