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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5 Structured CPD Points

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.

Full Day Programme 8.50am to 4.30pm

Conference Chairperson & Opening Remarks

Ending the boom and bust of housing policy

Mike Allen, Director of Advocacy, Focus Ireland

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

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)

Strategic Housing Development and the National Planning Framework?

Speaker: David Browne, Barrister-at-Law


  • Will dedicated student accommodation have an impact on housing?
  • Can the regions benefit or are we looking at a Dublin centric plan?
  • How large will this particular sector grow?
  • Added benefit of new business opportunities? 


  • 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 are potential house buyers reacting to modern build renting? 

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


  • 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?

Speaker: Simon Brooke, Head of Policy, Clúid Housing and adjunct assistant professor at Trinity College Dublin


  • 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


The Planning System in Ireland – Fit for Purpose?

  • Recent Evolution in the System – Moving in the Right Direction?
  • 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


  • Special Development Zones (SDZ) for high rise – already causing problems?
  • Regional benefits?
  • Do we have all the skills for well designed, future proofed high rise?
  • Where do the specialist contractor opportunities arise?
  • What will the high rise housing model look like?
  • Will it have an influence on BCAR? Does BCAR need to be revisited if we go high(er)?
  • Any influence on current construction contracts?


  • EU has set an objective of increasing investment into social infrastructure
  • EU has called on Ireland to invest in affordable housing as a response to the growing homelessness and housing exclusion crisis
  • InvestEU will from 2021 provide an EU budget guarantee to finance for social infrastructure including social housing. The aim is to leverage public and private investment.
  • Cohesion policy is also an instrument for investment in social and affordable housing.
  • This represents an important opportunity to invest in social/affordable housing to address the current crisis. Project promotors need to grasp the opportunity.  

Speaker: Ruth Owen, Policy Coordinator, FEANTSA

Enda Mc Guane

Enda Mc Guane

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

Enda is a highly experienced senior manager with over 20 years’ experience across a broad range of industries in both the private and public sectors.

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Winters Property has been named Irish property management Company of the Year in 2016, 2017 and 2018. Enda is a member of the SCSI Western Region Committee as well as a member of the SCSI’s National Planning and Development Committee and is an elected member of Galway Chamber of Commerce Council. His practise area is Property and Facilities Management and he is also a RICS Red Book Registered Valuer and he 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.

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.

There will be 5 structured CPD points awarded to all attendees at this conference from the CPD certification service.

Talbot Hotel (Formerly Stillorgan Park Hotel)

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