Date for your diary Ireland’s Housing Conference 2022 Wednesday 2 February • Radisson Blu Royal, Dublin / Online


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15+ expert speakers

4 informative sessions

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Ireland’s Housing Conference

Experience of the Covid-19 pandemic has evidenced the need to deliver decent, adequate, affordable, and sustainable housing for all by 2030, as per the UN Sustainable Development Goals.

In this context, the fact that not everyone has access to a safe, secure, and affordable home or is enabled to live, work, learn, and socialise in a vibrant and cohesive community has been transparently exposed. Consequently, housing policy will remain firmly on the agenda of governments beyond this decade.

Improved affordable housing outcomes can simultaneously address ongoing climate action obligations and ambitions, while stimulating socioeconomic recovery required in the wake of the pandemic.

Published in September 2021, the Government’s Housing for All plan has been heralded as a radical departure from Rebuilding Ireland and the “largest State building programme in our history”.

Underpinned by an average annual investment exceeding €4 billion, the Government believes that the new housing plan for Ireland can embed environmental, economic, and social sustainability into the housing system.

With a promise to deliver 300,000 homes by 2030, including 90,000 social homes, 36,000 affordable homes, 18,000 cost rental homes, and 156,000 homes from the private market, Housing for All contains four pathways:

  1. Pathway to supporting home ownership and increasing affordability;
  2. Pathway to eradicating homelessness, increasing social housing delivery, and supporting social inclusion;
  3. Pathway to increasing new housing supply; and
  4. Pathway to addressing vacancy and efficient use of housing stock.

Specific commitments include: increasing overall supply; delivering more social housing; the delivery of three schemes to increase affordability; implementation of greater protections for renters; support for those experiencing homelessness; planning changes to reduce delays in consolidating supply; addressing vacancy; and long-term measures to ensure sustainability.

In this context, the 2022 conference will host a variety of expert domestic and international speakers who will comprehensively explore the latest ambitions, challenges, and tangible opportunities for Ireland’s housing practitioners.

Key issues

Key issues to be examined:

01Housing for All ambitions and implementation

02Addressing the housing demand and supply imbalance

03Eliminating the existing housing stock deficit

04Supporting increased affordability

05Creating a large-scale affordable cost-rental sector in Ireland

06Eradicating homelessness

07Maintenance and management of existing housing stock

08Enabling a more sustainable housing system

09The holistic role of AHBs

10The role of the LDA in developing cost rental housing

11Enhancing local authority capacity

12Incentivising the refurbishment of vacant properties

13Reducing the cost of construction

14Changes to planning and development in Ireland


Confirmed speakers

Darragh O'Brien TD Minister for Housing, Local Government and Heritage
Bob Jordan Chief Executive The Housing Agency
Fidelma McManus Partner Beauchamps
Katarina Ivanković Knežević Director — DG Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion European Commission
Barry O’Leary CEO Housing Finance Agency
John Coleman Chief Executive Land Development Agency
Speaker tbc Director of Housing Fingal County Council
Declan Dunne CEO Respond
Donal McManus CEO Irish Council for Social Housing
John-Mark McCafferty CEO Threshold
Pat Doyle CEO Peter McVerry Trust
Juha Kahila Lead Coordinator Y-Foundation
Sharon Cosgrove CEO Oaklee Housing
Saija Turunen Research Manager Y-Foundation
Speaker tbc Senior Representative Residential Tenancies Board
Pat Barry CEO Irish Green Building Council
Gulnara Roll Secretary, Committee on Urban Development, Housing and Land Management United Nations Economic Commission for Europe
Catherine Keenan Director of Housing Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown Council

Conference programme


Chair's welcome and introduction


Chair: Fidelma McManus, Partner, Beauchamps


A new housing plan for Ireland

Delivering Housing for All Minister Darragh O’Brien TD, Minister for Housing, Local Government and Heritage

Supporting the implementation and progressive development of affordable purchase and cost rental Bob Jordan, Chief Executive, The Housing Agency

“The largest ever housing budget”: Financing local authorities, AHBs and the education sector to deliver housing Barry O’Leary, CEO, Housing Finance Agency

The role of social housing sector in the European Platform on Combating Homelessness Katarina Ivanković Knežević, Director — DG Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion, European Commission


Morning break


Increasing housing delivery

The role of local authorities in the planning and provision of affordable homes on public lands Speaker tbc, Director of Housing, Fingal County Council

Advancing Project Tosaigh to accelerate the delivery of new, affordable homes John Coleman, Chief Executive, Land Development Agency

Delivering Ireland’s new cost-rental tenure model Declan Dunne, CEO, Respond

Removing the barriers to the speedy delivery of homes Sharon Cosgrove, CEO, Oaklee Housing

Increasing the stock of permanent social and affordable housing Donal McManus, CEO, Irish Council for Social Housing


Lunch break


Eradicating homelessness

International collaboration to eradicate homelessness Juha Kahila, Lead Coordinator
Saija Turunen, Research Manager, Y-Foundation

Panel discussion: Eradicating homelessness

  • Juha Kahila, Lead Coordinator, Y-Foundation
  • Saija Turunen, Research Manager, Y-Foundation
  • John-Mark McCafferty, CEO, Threshold
  • Pat Doyle, CEO, Peter McVerry Trust


Coffee break


Efficient use of existing stock

#Housing2030: Effective policies for affordable housing in the UNECE region Gulnara Roll, Secretary, Committee on Urban Development, Housing and Land Management, United Nations Economic Commission for Europe

Addressing vacancy and efficient use of existing stock Catherine Keenan, Director of Housing, Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown Council

Reshaping the RTB’s services to adapt to the needs of tenants and landlords during the pandemic Senior representative, Residential Tenancies Board

Home Performance Index: Going beyond energy efficiency Pat Barry, CEO, Irish Green Building Council


Conference close


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Conference format

We look forward to welcoming delegates to the Radisson Blu Royal, Dublin for the full conference and networking experience. Your safety will remain our highest priority with all necessary social distancing and hygiene measures in place. All delegates attending are required to show proof of Covid vaccination, a negative test result within 48 hours of the conference or proof of a positive PCR test taken within the last 30–180 days. The Radisson Hotel group have updated their safe events policy in line with government recommendations. Please see Radisson Blu Royal’s Safe Events Policy here:

We will follow Government guidance and keep you updated of any changes to the event — tickets will be transferable if the event is postponed or has to be held online.

If you can’t join us in person, delegates can watch the event from the comfort of their own home or office. Virtual attendance will be easily facilitated by our online conference platform and dedicated technical team.


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