Housing Ireland Conference 2023

Friday 10th March • Radisson Blu Royal Hotel/Dublin Royal Convention Centre

 
 
 

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20+ expert speakers

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About

Housing Ireland Conference

Over one year on since the launch of Housing for All in September 2021, government insists that it will exceed its target of 24,000 new homes delivered in 2022 on the way to delivering an average of 33,000 homes per annum up to and including 2030. However, some recent statistics illustrate that the housing crisis abounds.

Indeed, throughout 2022, the implementation of Housing for All has been hindered by several headwinds, not least by the Russian invasion of Ukraine, the energy crisis, rising interest rates, and construction cost inflation. Consequently, homes are now costlier and slower to build and those who finance and construct them face increased risks.

Irrespective, government “remains determined to fully implement Housing for All”.

Without seeking to amend the fundamental policy approach or targets in Housing for All, Housing for All: Action Plan Update and Q3 Progress Report (published in November 2022) identifies eight priority areas for 2023:

  1. Major reform of the planning system
  2. Meeting the challenges of viability, affordability, and sustainability to close the delivery gap
  3. Delivering social and affordable homes on state lands
  4. Boosting construction productivity
  5. Increasing construction sector capacity
  6. Bringing vibrancy to our towns and villages
  7. Improving the rental market
  8. Planning the required number of homes

However, spiralling rents and record homelessness are symptomatic of the intractability of the ongoing housing crisis. Now, The Commission on Housing is set to recommend to the Housing Minister that a referendum on housing should be held later in 2023.

All eyes will be on the implementation of government housing policy in 2023.

In this context, eolas Magazine’s eighth annual Housing Ireland Conference will examine the key challenges facing Ireland’s housing policymakers and senior practitioners across the sector. The conference will take place on 10th March 2023 in the Radisson Blu Royal Hotel, Dublin.

Key issues

Key issues to be examined:

  • Housing for All implementation and progress
  • Financing new housing supply
  • Addressing the housing demand and supply imbalance
  • Increasing the stock of permanent social and affordable housing
  • Addressing vacancy and efficient use of existing housing stock
  • Effective policies to support home ownership and affordability
  • Creating a large scale affordable purchase and cost rental sector in Ireland
  • Implementing greater protections for renters
  • Project Tosaigh: Accelerating the delivery of new, affordable homes
  • Eradicating homelessness
  • Housing First implementation 2022-2026
  • Maintenance and management of existing housing stock
  • Availability of land for the delivery of housing
  • Enabling a more sustainable housing system
  • Delivering the National Retrofit Plan
  • Procurement, design, and modern construction methods
  • The holistic role of AHBs in establishing sustainable and vibrant communities
  • The role of the LDA in developing cost rental housing
  • The role of local authorities in the planning and provision of affordable homes on public lands
  • Reducing the cost of construction amid inflationary pressures
  • Delivering appropriate infrastructure to support planned housing
  • Changes to planning and development in Ireland
  • The role of social housing sector in the European Platform on Combating Homelessness
  • A referendum on a constitutional right to housing in Ireland
Speakers

Confirmed speakers

Darragh O’Brien TD


Minister for Housing, Local Government and Heritage

Bob Jordan


CEO
The Housing Agency

Fidelma McManus


Partner
Beauchamps

Sorcha Edwards
Secretary General
Housing Europe

Javier Burón Cuadrado
Housing Manager, Municipal Institute of Housing and Rehabilitation of Barcelona
Barcelona City Council

Grainia Long


Chief Executive
Northern Ireland Housing Executive

Dara Deering


Chief Executive Officer
Home Building Finance Ireland

Caren Gallagher


Head of Communications and Research
Residential Tenancies Board

John Coleman


Chief Executive Officer
Land Development Agency

Larry O’Connell


Director
National Economic and Social Council

Áine Stapleton
Assistant Secretary, Social Housing Delivery
Department of Housing, Local Government and Heritage

John Hannigan


Chair
The Housing Alliance

Caroline Timmons
Acting Assistant Secretary, Housing Affordability, Inclusion and Homelessness
Department of Housing, Local Government and Heritage

Rob Lowth


National Director
National Office for Housing First

Claire Feeney


Director of Services and Inclusion
The Housing Agency

Dónal McManus


CEO
Irish Council for Social Housing

Derval McDonagh
CEO
Inclusion Ireland

Pat Dennigan
CEO
Focus Ireland

Kevin Kelly


Chair
Housing, Building and Land Use (HBLU) Committee, County and City Management Association (CCMA)

John O'Connor
Chair
The Housing Commission

Feargal Ó Coigligh


Assistant Secretary
Department Of Housing, Local Government And Heritage

Niall Cussen

Chief Executive and Planning Regulator
Office Of The Planning Regulator

Rosemarie Tobin


Principal Officer, Homelessness Policy, Funding and Delivery
Department of Housing, Local Government and Heritage

David Duffy

Director of Property Industry Ireland
Ibec

Who should attend

Who should attend?

The conference will attract stakeholders engaged in all aspects of housing policy, funding, delivery, and management, including senior managers in the public, private, and third sectors in Ireland.

It will be of particular interest to:

  • Professionals in housing policy and delivery
  • Government departments and agencies
  • Those providing social welfare advice
  • Approved housing bodies
  • Policy / public affairs advisors
  • The construction industry
  • Project funders
  • Legal advisors
  • Housing and planning consultants
  • The community and voluntary sector / NGOs
  • Local elected representatives
 
Programme

Conference programme

09:00

Chair's welcome and introduction

 

Chair: Fidelma McManus, Partner and Head of Housing, Beauchamps

09:05

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

Pathways to Housing for All
Bob Jordan, CEO, The Housing Agency

Affordable housing: Emerging trends in Europe
Sorcha Edwards, Secretary General, Housing Europe

Taking a long-term strategic view on housing
John O'Connor, Chair, The Housing Commission

Question & answer session / Panel discussion

10:45

Morning break

11:15

ACCESS TO ADEQUATE HOUSING

Barcelona’s social and affordable housing policy
Javier Burón Cuadrado, Housing Manager, Municipal Institute of Housing and Rehabilitation of Barcelona, Barcelona City Council

Delivering sustainable homes and communities in Northern Ireland
Grainia Long, Chief Executive, Northern Ireland Housing Executive

Emerging trends in the rental sector
Caren Gallagher, Head of Communications and Research, Residential Tenancies Board

 

Question & answer session / Panel discussion

12:15

DISCUSSION PANEL: ENSURING A SUSTAINABLE SUPPLY OF HOUSING

Chair: Fidelma McManus, Partner and Head of Housing, Beauchamps

Ensuring a sustainable supply of housing
Feargal Ó Coigligh, Assistant Secretary, Housing Policy, Legislation and Governance, Department of Housing, Local Government and Heritage

Dara Deering, Chief Executive Officer, Home Building Finance Ireland
John Coleman, Chief Executive Officer, Land Development Agency
Larry O’Connell, Director, National Economic and Social Council
David Duffy, Director, Property Industry Ireland, Ibec
Niall Cussen, Chief Executive and Planning Regulator, Office of the Planning Regulator

Question & answer session / Panel discussion

13:15

Lunch break

14:00

DISCUSSION PANEL: INCREASING SOCIAL AND AFFORDABLE HOUSING DELIVERY

Chair: Fidelma McManus, Partner and Head of Housing, Beauchamps

Áine Stapleton, Assistant Secretary, Social Housing Delivery, Department of Housing, Local Government and Heritage
John Hannigan, Chair, The Housing Alliance
Dónal McManus, CEO, Irish Council for Social Housing
Kevin Kelly, Chair, County and City Management Association (CCMA), Housing, Building and Land Use Committee
Robert Nicholson, Principal Officer, Housing Delivery, Affordable Purchase and Cost Rental, Department of Housing, Local Government and Heritage

Question & answer session / Panel discussion

15:10

Coffee break

15:25

DISCUSSION PANEL: COLLABORATING TO ERADICATE HOMELESSNESS AND ENHANCE SOCIAL INCLUSION

Chair: Caroline Timmons, Acting Assistant Secretary, Housing Affordability, Inclusion and Homelessness, Department of Housing, Local Government and Heritage

Rosemarie Tobin, Principal Officer, Homelessness Policy,Funding and Delivery, Department of Housing, Local Government and Heritage 
Claire Feeney, Head of Local Authority Services, The Housing Agency
Rob Lowth, National Director, National Office for Housing First
Derval McDonagh, CEO, Inclusion Ireland
Pat Dennigan, CEO, Focus Ireland

Question & answer session / Panel discussion

16:30

Chairs concluding remarks and Conference close

 


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