CPD Certified – 5 CIRI Structured CPD points

An exclusive conference assessing the challenges and opportunities in delivering housing, planning, high rise and design.

Land Development Agency Progress ● Finance ● Realistic Timelines and Solutions

A one-day conference

Venue: Talbot Hotel, Stillorgan, Co. Dublin

Date: 26th June 2019

This conference aims to help influence the future direction of the residential infrastructure market, to help deliver a sustainable vision for the industry, while identifying opportunities for those operating in the sector. Key questions to be answered include: What is the purpose of the Land Development Agency? Will there still be the same financial availability in the market over the next five years? Where are the future business opportunities for those that can help deliver the housing needs to 2030? 

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Other topics to be explored include student accommodation and its impact on housing. We will examine whether the booming “build to rent” culture will have an influence in traditional mortgage driven landscape? We will also be looking at the issue of social housing, what are the risks based on current trends, what options are available, and do we have the manpower and skills to deal with it? We will also be looking into the planning system in Ireland, is it moving in the right direction or is it time for a new approach? We will also be discussing high rise buildings, are Special Development Zones already causing problems? Do we have the skills for well-designed high rise developments, how will it work with BCAR, and does it present a huge opportunity for specialist contractors?

This a must-attend event for any professionals involved in public or private residential infrastructure, from development, planning, finance or construction. All attendees will hear from an expert panel of speakers, and will also have access to all presentations. This event will also have fantastic networking and business opportunities, and attendees can also enjoy a sit down lunch and refreshments throughout the day, as well as gaining valuable CPD hours in the process.

Who Should Attend?

This event will be of real interest to anyone in public and private sector including, local authorities, housing agencies, government departments, contractors, architects, designers, policy setters, legal executives, researchers, academics and semi state agencies to name just a few.




Registration with tea, coffee and pastries


Chairperson & Opening Remarks

Mike Allen, Director of Advocacy, Focus Ireland

Ending the boom and bust of housing policy

The Vienna Model – The Challenge of lifting entire systems into our existing system


LDA – The Land Development Agency

  • The purpose of the Land Development Agency?
  • Driving housing affordability – the role of the Land Development Agency
  • The Land Development Agency as an active land manager for the state

Speaker: Barry O’Brien, Head of Investment, Land Development Agency



  • The financial sector is arguably ahead of the housing sector and waiting for it to catch up. There has never been so much finance available for housing, be that private, public or international investment finance. Will there still be that availability / influence in the market over the next five years?
  • How is the industry coping and what should it expect on tender prices, manpower and the influence of skills shortages over the next 3-5 years?   

Speaker: Aidan Culhane, CEO, The Iveagh Trust


Home Building Finance Ireland – A Solution to the Funding Gap for Small/Medium Sized Builders / Developers

  • Issues associated with obtaining funding and practical solutions
  • Why was HBFI set up by government and how will it help alleviate the current housing shortage?
  • What is HBFI role and how can they assist those experiencing difficulty securing funding for housing developments?

Speaker: Michael Broderick, Interim CEO, HBFI (Home Building Finance Ireland)


Q&A session


Coffee break and chance to network


2030 (only 11 years away!)

  • What will the Irish residential landscape look like based on current plans?
  • What should it look like?
  • Where are the future business opportunities for those that can help deliver the housing needs to 2030? 
  • How are households presently coping with their mortgages/rental levels
  • Quantifying those who are struggling at the moment

Speaker: Dr. Kieran McQuinn, Research Professor and Head Economic Analysis Division, ESRI (Economic and Social Research Institute)


Recent Developments in Housing Case-Law

  • Applications for social and affordable housing
  • Traveller accommodation
  • Assertion of Constitutional right to housing?

Speaker: David Browne, Barrister-at-Law



  • The booming ‘build to rent’ has come to the country with stunning design, improved facilities and amenity areas – what will its influence have on traditional mortgage driven / house buying in the future?
  • What do the stats say and where is this going?
  • Can a three bed semi compete with modern apartment living?


  • How does the NDP support this concept?
  • Special Development Zones (SDZ) for high rise – already causing problems?
  • What will the high rise housing model look like and what are the opportunities and challenges?
  • How are potential house buyers reacting to modern build renting?


  • Will Purpose Built Student accommodation have an impact on housing and how is this sector growing?
  • Collective Living – Is this the future of high rise city centre living?

Speaker: Enda Mc Guane MBS, MSCSI, MRICS, MD, Winters Property Management


Q&A session


Lunch and chance to network



  • Will an expanded social housing programme create future ghettos?
  • What are the main barriers to delivering an expanded social housing programme?
  • Is there a better way of ensuring that everyone has access to decent affordable housing?

Speakers: Dr. Mary Murphy, Senior Lecturer, Department of Sociology, Maynooth University / David Silke, Director of Research and Corporate Affairs, Housing Agency



  • Who are Generation Rent?
  • Where will they get long term affordable secure housing from?
  • Cost Rental as a solution – what role for local authorities & housing associations 

Speaker: Dr Rory Hearne, Applied Social Studies, Sociology, Maynooth University



  • Recent Evolution in the Planning System – Moving in the Right Direction?
  • National Planning Framework
  • Regional Strategies
  • Building Heights Guidelines
  • Does the Planning System enable efficient delivery?
  • Public Engagement with the Planning System – time for a new approach?

Speaker: Ed Barrett MIPI MRTPI, Director, Gravis Planning


Q&A session


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Enda Mc Guane

Enda Mc Guane

MBS, MSCSI, MRICS, CIHM – Managing Director Winters Property

Enda is a highly experienced senior manager and property professional with over 20 years’ experience in both the private and public sectors.

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Winters Property is Irelands largest private operator of Student Accommodation and one of the largest property service providers in Ireland. He is a dual status Chartered Surveyor in the areas of Planning & Development and Property Management as well as a RICS registered Red Book valuer. Enda is currently Chairman of the Western Region Committee of SCSI and sits on the National Planning and Development Committee. He is a board member of Galway City Chamber of Commerce and a member of its Infrastructure Strategy committee and is a frequent commentator on housing issues in the media.

David Browne

David Browne


David Browne BL is a practising barrister in the areas of administrative, commercial and chancery law and specialises in EU, local government, procurement and planning law.

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He is the author of The Law of Local Government (published in December 2014 by Thomson Reuters, Roundhall) and is the co-author (with Patrick McGovern, Retired Partner with Arthur Cox) of ‘Procurement Law in Ireland’ which is due to be published in May 2018. He lectures in Administrative Law and is the Course Director of the Advanced Diploma in Planning and Environmental Law in the Honorable Society of King’s Inns.

He was previously an advisor in the Department of Transport, Post-doctoral Research Fellow in Trinity College, Dublin, Fulbright Scholar in the Energy and Resources Group at the University of California, Berkeley and an Associate in the Environment and Planning Group in Arthur Cox.

Michael Broderick

Michael Broderick

Interim CEO, Home Building Finance Ireland

Michael Broderick, a former Army Officer, joined the NTMA in 2006 as a Financial Analyst with the NDFA (National Development Finance Agency), where he worked on a number of PPP infrastructure projects.

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In early 2011, Michael joined NAMA where he held a number of different roles to include Deputy Head of Residential Delivery. In July 2018, Michael was appointed by the Minister for Finance as Project Lead for HBFI. Michael holds an MBA from the UCD Smurfit Business School and is a member and holder of a Diploma in Company Direction from the IOD (Institute of Directors).

Dr. Kieran McQuinn

Dr. Kieran McQuinn

Research Professor and Head Economic Analysis Division, ESRI (Economic and Social Research Institute)

Prof. Kieran McQuinn is a Research Professor at the Economic and Social Research Institute who works on the quarterly economic commentary (QEC) and housing related projects.

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His research interests include house prices, economic growth and household finance. He started his career in University College Cork and then joined Teagasc, the Irish agriculture and food development authority, where he worked for over 5 years as a research economist. Dr. McQuinn has a PhD in economics from NUI Maynooth and has published in a broad number of international and domestic journals. He is adjunct professor of economics at both Trinity College Dublin and University College Cork and is also a current council member of both the Economic and Social Studies and the Economic and Social Research Institute.

Ed Barrett

Ed Barrett

MIPI MRTPI, Director, Gravis Planning

Ed is a Director with Gravis Planning Limited, an independent planning consultancy with offices in Dublin and Belfast that is active throughout the UK and Ireland.

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Ed is a chartered town planner, with extensive consultancy experience gained in both the UK and Ireland. He has a broad range of planning experience, advising both private and public sector clients across a variety development sectors including residential, retail, tourism and hospitality. He has advised on a wide range of complex, large-scale projects across Ireland and the UK, successfully delivering permission for a number of landmark developments. With the planning policy context here in Ireland undergoing a period of evolution, Ed is currently advising clients throughout the country on how to optimise their development opportunities.

Mike Allen

Mike Allen

Director of Advocacy, Focus Ireland

Mike Allen is Director of Advocacy and Research in one of Ireland’s leading housing and homeless charities, Focus Ireland.

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He was President of FEANTSA (the European Network for Homeless Organisations) 2013-16 and is a member of the European Observatory on Homelessness. He is chair of the European Housing First Hub.

He has published a number of articles on unemployment, homelessness and social movements and published ‘The Bitter Word: Ireland’s Job Famine and its Aftermath’ (Poolbeg, 1998).

Barry O’Brien

Barry O’Brien

Head of Investment, Land Development Agency

Barry is the Interim Head of Investment with the Land Development Agency which was launched in September 2018 with a €1.25bn government capital funding commitment.

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The LDA’s objectives include opening up state lands for delivery, strategic land assembly and the delivery of affordable housing.

A Chartered Accountant by profession, Barry has held various roles with the NTMA and NAMA before joining the Land Development Agency. Barry was previously responsible for the structuring and financing of NAMA’s Dublin Docklands SDZ activity. NAMA’s interests related to 75% of developable land within the SDZ.

He has also held a number of senior banking roles, predominately working within Bank of Ireland’s European Leveraged Finance Business.

Barry is an associate member of the Society of Chartered Surveyors Ireland.

Dr Rory Hearne

Dr Rory Hearne

Head of Investment, Land Development Agency

Dr Rory Hearne is a Lecturer in Social Policy in the Department of Applied Social Studies, Maynooth University.

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He is an experienced author, researcher, and policy analyst in housing, economic inequality, and human rights. He is author of the book Public Private Partnerships in Ireland, and has written numerous academic papers and research reports on housing including more recently ‘A home or a wealth generator? Inequality, financialisation and the Irish housing crisis’ and Investing in the Right to a Home: Housing, HAPs and Hubs’. He also worked as a Senior Policy Analyst with TASC and as a community worker on the regeneration of the Dolphin House social housing community in Dublin’s inner city. He is also a regular analyst on national media, hosts a politics and society Podcast ‘Reboot Republic’, and is involved in housing and social justice campaigns.

Aidan Culhane

Aidan Culhane

CEO, The Iveagh Trust

Aidan Culhane is Chief Executive of The Iveagh Trust.

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Previously, he was Director of Housing at Urbeo Residential, a private fund he helped establish to bring investment into rental housing in Ireland, including social and affordable housing. He served as special advisor on housing and planning at the Department of Housing, Planning, Community and Local Government from 2011–2014, and was consultee to the OECD on housing matters on two occasions. He also served as an elected member in local government for over 12 years. He is an associate lecturer at the Institute of Public Administration, and has published several articles and book chapters on housing and planning. Aidan holds a Masters Degree in Regional and Urban Planning and is a Chartered member of the Royal Town Planning Institute and the Chartered Institute of Housing.

Dr Mary Murphy

Dr Mary Murphy

Senior Lecturer, Department of Sociology, Maynooth University

Dr Mary Murphy works as senior lecturer on the BA Politics and Active Citizenship in the Department of Sociology in Maynooth University.

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Her research interests include labour market, social security and housing policy, power and civil society, and gender. She has published widely in key journals and books (Towards a Second Republic (with P Kirby Pluto Press 2011) and The Irish Welfare State in the 21st Century (co edited with F Dukelow Palgrave 2016). A contributor to national policy debate she was a member of the National Expert Advisory Group on Taxation and Social Welfare 2011-2014 and the Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission 2013-2017. In 2019 she was appointed by President M.D. Higgins to the Council of State.

David Silke

David Silke

Director of Research and Corporate Affairs, Housing Agency

David is the Director of Research and Corporate Affairs in the Housing Agency, which is a statutory body set up under the aegis of the Department of Housing, Planning and Local Government.

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The Agency provides the Department, local authorities and approved housing bodies with support and advice on the delivery of housing and housing services.

David previously worked in the Secretariat of the National Economic and Social Forum as a Policy Analyst, as Researcher in the Combat Poverty Agency and a Senior Researcher in the Analytical Services Division of the Department of Social Security (UK).

David has lectured and tutored in social policy at several academic institutions. His primary degree is in Social Science from University College Dublin and he received his Masters from the London School of Economics.  He is a Chartered Member of the Charted Institute of Housing. 

OSI-Logo-250x85Ordnance Survey Ireland is the national mapping agency in the Republic of Ireland. It is an information organisation whose business is to capture, process and distribute spatial information by means of advanced technology.

Ordnance Survey Ireland’s primary product is mapping services. Ordnance Survey Ireland produces urban, rural and tourist and leisure mapping at a variety of scales. This mapping is produced in digital form as well as on paper. In addition, the base data used to create the map products is also used to produce other products such as aerial photography/ orthophotography and Digital Terrain Models and Environmental Reports. It also has an extensive database of historic mapping data from the 1830’s. Ordnance Survey Ireland licenses the use of its data for a wide range of computer based applications such as Computer Aided Design (CAD) and Geographic Information Systems (GIS).


There will be 5 structured CPD points awarded to all attendees at this conference from the CPD certification service. This conference is also CPD Certified by CIRI for 5 structured points

Talbot Hotel (Formerly Stillorgan Park Hotel)

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