Policy Forum for Ireland

Priorities for the housing sector in Ireland: examining the challenges in social and private housing following Rebuilding Ireland

Wednesday, 29th March 2017

Central Dublin


This timely seminar will assess the future of housing policy in Ireland.

It follows the launch of the ‘Rebuilding Ireland’ Action Plan on housing and homelessness, which seeks to increase the delivery of homes in Ireland, and the funding allocated to housing in the recent budget.

Delegates will consider the five pillars of the action plan - including addressing homelessness, accelerating social housing, building more homes, improving the rental sector and utilising existing housing - and assess the challenges to implementation, particularly focusing on cost and construction issues within the private market, waiting lists for social housing and the limits to government spending through capital funding.

Those attending will also assess the priorities for Government, particularly in relation to initiatives such as the First Time Buyers Scheme, the Rental Strategy, and the allocation of increased funding for social housing.

For this conference we expect speakers and other delegates to be an informed group including Members of the Oireachtas, senior government officials involved in this area of public policy, together with representatives from banking, finance and the law, the construction sector, landlords and tenancy groups, local authorities and housing associations.

Guest of Honour

Senior speaker from the Department of Housing Planning Community and Local Government

Guest of Honour

Senior speaker from the Department of Housing, Planning, Community and Local Government

Keynote Speaker

Nicola McCrudden

Director of Northern Ireland and Republic of Ireland, Chartered Institute of Housing


Eoin O'Broin TD

Member, Joint Committee on Housing, Planning, Community and Local Government, Houses of the Oireachtas


Dr Dáithí Downey

Head of Policy and Research, Housing and Community Services, Dublin City Council

Neasa Kane-Fine

Director, RPS Group

Hubert Fitzpatrick

Director, Housing, Planning and Development, Construction Industry Federation

Dr Lorcan Sirr

Lecturer, School of Real Estate and Construction Economics, Dublin Institute of Technology

Fintan McNamara

Director, Residential Landlords Association of Ireland

Aideen Hayden

Chairperson, Threshold

Declan Dunne

Chief Executive Officer, Respond! Housing Association and Chair, Dublin Homeless Network

Mike Allen

Director of Advocacy, Focus Ireland