•  Affordable Housing Bill 2021 Ongoing Supply Issues
  • Potential Artificial Bubble in House Prices
  • Why Public Sector Housing Costs More Than Private Sector Housing?
  • Problems with Investment Funds in The Housing Market
  • Case Studies
  • Legal Nightmares to Watch Out For

A one-day conference

Live Virtual Event 

Date: 15th September 2021

Housing in Ireland is incredibly topical at the moment, and it is almost universally acknowledged that, wherever you stand on the issue, a lot more needs to be done.

This annual conference has grown year after year, due to the practical advice and expert insights from some of the most forward-thinking and experienced speakers in the country. This event is shaping up to be our biggest yet.

We will hear from the Head of Affordable Housing in the Housing Agency on the new Affordable Housing Bill 2021, and we will examine exactly how the new Housing for All platform will help issues such as homelessness. We will be discussing investment funds in the housing market, and offering solutions to making cost rental and affordable housing work in Ireland. We will look at why there is such a delay between identifying a suitable site for development to being ‘shovel ready’, and we will discuss what you can expect in terms of house prices in Ireland in the near future.

Housing is a complex problem that defies easy solutions. We will look at what challenges are in the way of getting things done.

This is unique live virtual event from our own custom-built CMG Studios. Initial feedback has been overwhelmingly positive, with attendees praising the additional interactive elements, as well as increased Q&A opportunities throughout the day, giving you more opportunity to gain real practical insights on the key issues that are important to you.

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

Full Day Programme 

Opening Remarks & Conference Chair
Affordable Housing Bill 2021

Gwen Perry, Head of Affordable Housing Unit, The Housing Agency

Housing for All: what solutions does the new platform offer for homelessness and housing insecurity

Mike Allen, Director of Advocacy, Focus Ireland

  • Briefly outline the scale and depth of the homeless problem in Ireland
  • What are the main commitments in relation to homelessness/housing precarity in ‘Housing for All’
  • Strengths of this approach
  • Weaknesses/gaps/issues with this approach
  • Proposals for what should happen next
Problems with Investment Funds in the Housing Market and Shared Equity –

an AHB perspective on Making Cost rental and Affordable Housing work in Ireland.

John Hannigan, CEO, Circle Voluntary Housing Association

A value shift in housing: why the state & ‘not-for-profits’ must be central in fixing the Irish housing crisis

Dr. Rory Hearne, Assistant Professor, Department of Applied Social Studies, Maynooth University

  • What is the aim and vision of current housing policy? Is it adequate to meet the scale of the crisis?
  • Is the funding allocation in housing the right approach, what is needed?
  • How can the state play a more central role in ensuring the delivery of affordable homes as social housing, cost rental and affordable purchase?
  • What is actually affordable housing?
  • How can a right to housing as a new value framework provide a solution including the Constitutional change?
Ongoing supply issues – Does the government need to assess its policy response in light of the impacts of covid-19?

Kieran McQuinn, Research Professor, Economic and Social Research Institute (ESRI)

Addressing Incredible Time Lapses – Identifying a suitable Site For Development and Bringing it to being ‘Shovel Ready’

Claire McManus, Chair the RIAI Housing Taskforce, RIAI Spokesperson on Housing, Director of JFOC Architects.

  • What is housing for the public good?
  • What happens when the public good takes on local interests?
  • The role of local advocacy
  • The role of fiscal policy
  • The role of design
  • Why public sector housing costs more than private sector housing?
Creating a Planning System That Balances Public Accessibility & Participation

Rachel Kenny, Director of Planning, An Bord Pleanala

  • Efficient and robust decision making – allowing for proper planning and sustainable development, including deliverable housing schemes. 
  • Lessons learnt from SHD
  • Negative view of public /local politicians to all forms of housing
Housing Prices – Potential Artificial Bubble – Outlook Based On Historical Trends

Marian Finnegan, Managing Director, Residential & Advisory, Sherry Fitzgerald

  • Irish house prices – a review of historical trends and outlook on what is expected
  • What is the potential for an artificial bubble in house prices?
Case Study – Best Practice in Housing for Ireland
Legal Nightmares – Housing Projects

Speaker: Professor Padraic Kenna School of Law, College of Business, Public Policy and Law,
National University of Ireland, Galway.

  • What are the typical hurdles projects face?
  • How to avoid these
  • Conveyancing issues
  • Case examples

There will be CPD certificates awarded to attendees at this conference. Please check directly with your association or awarding body to see how many points they will award



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