Start Time
9:15 AM
End Time
4:00 PM
DELIVERY
Virtual
There will be CPD hours awarded to attendees. Please check directly with your association or awarding body to see how many points they will award.

About this Conference

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’, Why public sector housing costs more than private sector housing? 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.

Agenda

Conference Chairperson &Opening Remarks

Brendan Barrett, Communications Consultant

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

  • 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

Mike Allen, Director of Advocacy, Focus Ireland

Creating a Planning System That Balances Public Accessibility & Participation

  • 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

Rachel Kenny, Director of Planning, An Bord Pleanala

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

  • 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?

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

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)

Housing Prices – Potential Artificial Bubble – Outlook Based On Historical Trends

  • 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?

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

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

  • 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?

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

Problems with Investment Funds in the Housing Market and Shared Equity – an AHB perspective on Making Cost rental and Affordable Housing work in Ireland.

  • Vultures or doves – does it matter?
  • How do you decide value for money?
  • Who determines what’s affordable, and how?
  • Where does value sit, and for how long?
  • Why differentiate between houses and apartments? Its all housing
  • If you could wave a wand, what would the result look like?
  • Case examples

John Hannigan, CEO, Circle Voluntary Housing Association

Legal Nightmares – Housing Projects

  • Legal Nightmares – Housing Delivery
  • What are the typical legal hurdles that projects face and how to avoid them;
  • Conveyancing issues;
  • Case examples.  

Neil Dunne, Partner,Byrne Wallace

Who Should Attend?

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.

Speakers

Brendan Barrett
Chairperson
Gwen Perry
Head of Affordable Housing Unit, The Housing Agency
Mike Allen
Director of Advocacy, Focus Ireland
John Hannigan
CEO, Circle Voluntary Housing Association
Dr Rory Hearne
Assistant Professor, Department of Applied Social Studies, Maynooth University
Kieran McQuinn
Research Professor, Economic and Social Research Institute (ESRI)
Claire McManus
Chair the RIAI Housing Taskforce, RIAI Spokesperson on Housing, Director of JFOC Architects
Rachel Kenny
Director of Planning, An Bord Pleanala
Marian Finnegan
Managing Director, Residential & Advisory, Sherry Fitzgerald
Neil Dunne
Partner, Byrne Wallace

Price

Early Bird Rate: €435 + VAT (LIMITED OFFER)

Full rate €535 + VAT

Please note the early bird discount can close sooner than expected once a certain number of seats fill up, therefore your prompt booking is strongly advised to avoid disappointment

Discounts available for bookings of 3 or more.