Date for your diary Ireland’s Housing Conference 2022 Wednesday 2 February • Radisson Blu Royal, Dublin
15+ expert speakers
4 informative sessions
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:
- Pathway to supporting home ownership and increasing affordability;
- Pathway to eradicating homelessness, increasing social housing delivery, and supporting social inclusion;
- Pathway to increasing new housing supply; and
- 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 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
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
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
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
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
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