Start Time
9:15 AM
End Time
3.45 PM
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

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.

We will hear from the Head of the Housing Commission on their plans for the coming year, and we look at how the new Housing for All platform and its progress so far. We will also hear from An Bord Pleanala Director of Planning, CEO of Home Building Finance Ireland, CEO of the Housing Agency and much more. We will be discussing funding residential delivery, and Public and Private Sectors sharing a role in providing Affordable Housing and so much more, it is a must attend for anyone in the housing sector.

This Conference is a unique live virtual event from our own custom-built CMG Studios. 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.


Conference Chairperson & Opening Remarks

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

Overview- Statistics, Government Targets, Upcoming Projects

Public and Private Sectors Shared Role in Providing Affordable Housing

  • Affordable Housing and why it is important
  • Housing for All, A New Housing Plan for Ireland and the role of the Housing Agency, to cover measures including Croí Cónaithe, Part V, Town Centre First
  • Affordable Home Ownership
  • Affordable Rental, including Cost Rental
  • Social Housing shared delivery

Bob Jordan, CEO, The Housing Agency

The Commission on Housing- The Plan

John O Connor Chair Housing Commission

Funding Residential Delivery and the ‘Housing for All Strategy

  • The residential funding landscape
  • Funding issues facing builders/developers
  • Funding needs to meet the targets set out in the ‘Housing for All Strategy’
  • How these funding needs will be met and challenges facing the sector

Fergus Mangan, Head of Lending, Home Building Finance Ireland

The Lisbon Declaration (to end homelessness by 2030) Ireland’s Progress

  • What is the Lisbon Declaration and how did it come about?
  • What do we mean by 'ending homelessness'?
  • How has the Irish Government taken up the Lisbon declaration?
  • What is the European Commission doing to follow this up?
  • What would a path to ending homelessness in Ireland by 2030 look like?

Mike Allen, Director of Advocacy, Focus Ireland

System change through Housing First –can it revolutionise our approach to homelessness

  • Housing First has rightly been accepted as a positive homelessness programme for some people
  • But we have yet to realise the full implications and benefits of Housing First principles more widely
  • What are the benefits of allowing these principles to challenge every homelessness intervention, public policy, and funding stream?

Matt Downie, Chief Executive, Crisis UK

Housing for All – Planning Actions and Progress to Date

Claragh Mulhern, Senior Planning Advisor, Department of Housing, Local Government and Heritage

Proposed Root & Branch Review of the Planning System – what needs to change?

Hazel Jones Strategic Planning Director Bartra

Housing for All – Progress to Date

Lorcan Sirr, Senior Lecturer, TU Dublin

Recent Case Law

  • The Right to Housing - considerations for providers
  • Engaging with the Public Sector Duty
  • Proportionality and assessing the rights and interests of tenants and other parties - recent case law
  • Implementing progressive policy and ensuring legal compliance in a housing context

Sharon Dillon Lyons,Barrister at Law

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.


Bob Jordan
CEO, The Housing Agency
John O Connor
Chair Housing Commission
Mike Allen
Director of Advocacy, Focus Ireland
Matt Downie
Chief Executive, Crisis UK
Hazel Jones
Strategic Planning Director Bartra
Sharon Dillon Lyons BL
Barrister at Law, The Law Library
Dr Rory Hearne
Assistant Professor, Department of Applied Social Studies, Maynooth University
Lorcan Sirr
Senior Lecturer, TU Dublin
Fergus Mangan
Head of Lending, Home Building Finance Ireland
Claragh Mulhern
Senior Planning Adviser, Department of Housing, Local Government and Heritage


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.