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.

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About this Conference

At last year’s conference we heard from speakers on a range of topics including public and private sectors shared role in providing affordable housing, housing for all, the new commission for housing with some very passionate Q&A sessions.

This year we will revisit some topics to see where we have gotten in the last year, what has been achieved, we will also discuss how the current economic climate is influencing the industry and impacting the delivery of the required number of homes. Construction costs, updates in planning measures and so much more.

As well as getting insights from some of the most forward-thinking and experienced speakers in the country we will also have a panel discussion on everything housing, this is where you get to have your say. It is an event not to be missed by all in the housing industry.

A word from our conference chairperson


Conference Chairperson & Opening Remarks

Brendan Barrett, Communications Consultant

Housing For All – A Look Back at What’s Working and What’s Not

  • Output forecasts versus market requirements
  • Effectiveness of new policy initiatives
  • Speed of change
  • Where to from here?

Marian Finnegan, Managing Director of Sherry FitzGerald Residential & Advisory

Make Sustainable Housing Affordable

  • Why is affordable housing not sustainable?
  • Why is sustainable housing not affordable?
  • How can we align sustainability & affordability?

Claire McManus, RIAI Spokeswoman on Housing

Enabling a More Sustainable Housing System

  • Ensuring that there is sufficient labour supply to construct the required number of housing units.
  • Ensuring that there is sufficient finance to fund the development of the required number of housing units.
  • Policy measures which could help make Government investment in housing more efficient and hence more sustainable over the medium term.

Kieran McQuinn, Research Professor, ESRI

Costs In Construction and the Impact on the Housing Industry

  • Impact of Inflation on the delivery of new builds
  • The viability of the delivery of the required number of homes in 2023
  • Long term trends

Joe McCaffrey, Managing Director, Duke McCaffrey

Update on Key Planning Measures to Assist Housing Delivery

  • Programme of Planning Legislation
  • Review of the National Planning Framework
  • National Planning Policy and Guidance

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

The Holistic Role of AHBs

  • Who are AHB’s and what do they do?
  • What is Holistic about AHB’s?
  • Why you should be working with AHB’s?
  • What you should expect when working with an AHB.

John Hannigan, Chief Executive Officer of Circle Voluntary Housing Association

The Meascan Model

  • Intentional social mix
  • International experience
  • What social mix works?
  • Funding the development
  • Allocations and tenant selection
  • What does success look like?

Mike Allen, Director of Advocacy, Research and Communications, Focus Ireland

Panel Discussion - Topics to include

  • Croí Cónaithe (Cities) Scheme
  • Creating large scale affordable cost-rental sector in Ireland
  • Incentivising the refurbishment of vacant properties
  • Why are planning permissions not converting to new housing units?

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.


Marian Finnegan
Managing Director, Residential & Advisory, Sherry Fitzgerald
Claire McManus
Chair the RIAI Housing Taskforce, RIAI Spokesperson on Housing, Director of JFOC Architects
Kieran McQuinn
Research Professor, Economic and Social Research Institute (ESRI)
Claragh Mulhern
Senior Planning Adviser, Department of Housing, Local Government and Heritage
John Hannigan
CEO, Circle Voluntary Housing Association
Mike Allen
Director of Advocacy, Focus Ireland
Brendan Barrett
Joe McCaffrey
Managing Director, Duke McCaffrey


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.