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

29 Mar 2017
Central Dublin


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

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 Stategy, 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.

The keynote address for this seminar will be delivered by a senior speaker from the Department of Housing, Planning, Community and Local Government.

Further speakers confirmed include Mike Allen, Director of Advocacy, Focus Ireland; Hubert Fitzpatrick, Director, Housing, Planning and Development, Construction Industry Federation; Anthony Flynn, Executive Manager, Housing and Residential Services, Dublin City Council; Fintan McNamara, Director, Residential Landlords Association of Ireland and Dr Lorcan Sirr, Lecturer, School of Real Estate and Construction Economics, Dublin Institute of Technology.

Maria Bailey TD, Chair, Joint Committee on Housing, Planning, Community and Local Government, Houses of the Oireachtas and Senator Victor Boyhan, Member, Joint Committee on Housing, Planning, Community and Local Government, Houses of the Oireachtas have kindly agreed to chair this seminar.

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