Housing Ireland Conference 2024

Wednesday 6th March 2024  Croke Park, Dublin

 
 

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20+ expert speakers

5 informative sessions


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About

Housing Ireland Conference

A sustainable housing system for all

Now in its third year of implementation, sustainability permeates Housing for All’s four pathways. A sustainable housing system for all means having a housing system which is socially, environmentally, and economically sustainable.

Indeed, in publishing the latest update to the Housing for All action plan, the Government acknowledges that the realisation of its targets – across all housing types – necessitates the delivery of a sustainable housing system.

However, a widening viability gap in the residential construction sector must be also bridged. In 2024, there will be a major focus on improving the viability of residential construction, including through modern methods of construction and enhanced construction sector capacity.

In this context, the Housing Ireland 2024 conference will host a range of expert domestic and international speakers who will comprehensively explore the latest ambitions, challenges, and tangible opportunities for Ireland’s housing practitioners.

Key issues

Key issues to be examined:

Replete with an expert panel of high-level speakers, both domestic and visiting, the conference will be comprehensive, examining themes which include:
  1. Housing for All implementation and progress
  2. Delivering homes on state lands
  3. The role of local authorities in the planning and provision of affordable homes
  4. European housing policy perspective
  5. Design for social and affordable housing
  6. Decarbonising the social housing sector
  7. Raising house building standards in Northern Ireland
  8. Ensuring a supply of sustainable and climate resilient housing
  9. Addressing vacancy and efficient use of existing housing stock
  10. Overcoming challenges to residential construction
  11. Bridging the viability gap
  12. Delivering a more developed, responsive, and appropriate housing system
  13. Report of The Housing Commission
  14. A referendum on a constitutional right to housing in Ireland
Speakers

Confirmed speakers

Darragh O’Brien TD


Minister for Housing, Local Government and Heritage

Fidelma McManus


Partner
Beauchamps

Bob Jordan


Chief Executive Officer
The Housing Agency

John Coleman


Chief Executive and Board Member
The Land Development Agency

Caroline Timmons


Acting Assistant Secretary
Department of Housing, Local Government and Heritage

Áine Stapleton


Assistant Secretary
Department of Housing, Local Government and Heritage

John O'Connor


Chair
The Housing Commission

Niall Cussen

Chief Executive and Planning Regulator
Office Of The Planning Regulator

Dara Turnbull


Research Coordinator
Housing Europe

Declan Dunne


CEO
Respond

Pat Barry


CEO
Irish Green Building Council

Magdalena Hajdukiewicz


Co-Director
ConstructInnovate

John Hannigan


Chief Executive Officer
Circle VHA
and
Chair
The Housing Alliance

Sarah-Jane Pisciotti


Innovation and Design Director
John Sisk & Son (Sisk Living)

Enda McGuane


President
Society of Chartered Surveyors of Ireland

Patrick McCarthy


Head of Local Authority Services
The Housing Agency

David Duffy


Director of Property Industry Ireland
Ibec

Mary Conway


Chairperson
Irish Property Owners Association

Owen Reidy


General Secretary
Irish Congress of Trade Unions (ICTU)

Sinéad Gibney


Chief Commissioner
Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission

Ali Grehan


City Architect
Dublin City Council

Seamus Leheny


Chief Executive
Northern Ireland Federation of Housing Associations

Martin Colreavy


Head of Strategic Delivery and Urban Advisory Unit
Department of Housing, Local Government and Heritage

Joan MacMahon


Senior Architect Advisor, Housing Advisory Unit
Department of Housing, Local Government and Heritage

Seán Armstrong


Head of Climate & Construction Innovation Unit
Department of Housing, Local Government & Heritage

Robert Burns


CEO
Monaghan County Council

Programme

Conference programme

08:30

Registration and coffee

09:00

Chair's welcome and introduction

 

Chair: Fidelma McManus, Partner and Head of Housing, Beauchamps

09:05

CONFERENCE PLENARY: DELIVERING HOUSING FOR ALL

MINISTERIAL ADDRESS AND Q&A
Darragh O’Brien TD, Minister for Housing, Local Government and Heritage  

Pathways to a sustainable housing system for all
Bob Jordan, Chief Executive Officer, The Housing Agency

Unlocking state land, opening doors to affordable homes
John Coleman, Chief Executive, The Land Development Agency

Delivering on housing in Ireland: A European policy perspective
Dara Turnbull, Research Coordinator, Housing Europe

Question & answer session / Panel discussion

10:45

Morning break

11:15

Design for social and affordable housing
Martin Colreavy, Head of Strategic Delivery and Urban Advisory Unit; 
and
Joan MacMahon, Senior Architect Advisor, Housing Advisory Unit, Department of Housing, Local Government and Heritage

Decarbonising the social housing sector
John Hannigan, Chief Executive, Circle VHA and Chair, The Housing Alliance

Decarbonising social housing in Northern Ireland
Seamus Leheny, Chief Executive, Northern Ireland Federation of Housing Associations

Question & answer session / Panel discussion

12:15

DISCUSSION PANEL: Sustainable housing for resilient communities

Chair: Fidelma McManus, Partner and Head of Housing, Beauchamps

Pat Barry, CEO, Irish Green Building Council
Magdalena Hajdukiewicz, Co-Director, ConstructInnovate
Sarah-Jane Pisciotti, Innovation and Design Director, John Sisk & Son (Sisk Living)
Robert Burns, CEO, Monaghan County Council
Seán Armstrong, Head of Climate & Construction Innovation Unit, Department of Housing, Local Government & Heritage

13:15

Lunch break

14:00

DISCUSSION PANEL: Overcoming challenges to residential construction

Chair: Áine Stapleton, Assistant Secretary, Social Housing Delivery, Department of Housing, Local Government and Heritage

Caroline Timmons, Assistant Secretary, Affordable Housing Division, Department of Housing, Local Government and Heritage
Niall Cussen, Chief Executive and Planning Regulator, Office of the Planning Regulator (OPR)
Enda McGuane, President, Society of Chartered Surveyors of Ireland
Ali Grehan, City Architect, Dublin City Council
Declan Dunne, CEO, Respond

 

15:00

Coffee break

15:20

DISCUSSION PANEL: Delivering a more developed, responsive, and appropriate housing system

Chair: Fidelma McManus, Partner and Head of Housing, Beauchamps

Patrick Mc Carthy, Head of Local Authority Services, The Housing Agency
John O’Connor, Chair, The Housing Commission
Owen Reidy, General Secretary, Irish Congress of Trade Unions (ICTU)
David Duffy, Director, Property Industry Ireland, Ibec
Mary Conway, Chairperson, Irish Property Owners Association
Sinéad Gibney, Chief Commissioner, Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission

 

 

16:30

Chairs' concluding remarks and Conference close

Who should attend

Who should attend?

The conference will attract stakeholders engaged in all aspects of housing policy, funding, delivery, and management, including senior managers in the public, private, and third sectors in Ireland.

It will be of particular interest to:

  • Professionals in housing policy and delivery
  • Government departments and agencies
  • Those providing social welfare advice
  • Approved housing bodies
  • Policy / public affairs advisors
  • The construction industry
  • Project funders
  • Legal advisors
  • Housing and planning consultants
  • The community and voluntary sector / NGOs
  • Local elected representatives
 
 


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Sponsorship and exhibition 

There are a small number of opportunities to get involved with the Housing Ireland conference 2024 as a sponsor or exhibitor. Now in its ninth year, Housing Ireland has established itself as a significant event in the Irish housing sector’s calendar and is attended annually by key sectoral stakeholders.

Contact Ciarán Galway on +353 (0)1 661 3755 or email ciaran.galway@eolasmagazine.ie for further information on how your organisation can be involved with the conference.

Register

Reserve your place

 
 
 

Getting to the venue

Croke Park

Jones' Road
Drumcondra
Dublin 3, Ireland