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Housing Practitioners Conference 2017

The Annual Housing Pracitioners Conference was held in the Clayton Hotel Cork City from Thursday 25th and Friday the 26th. Speakers included our Chair Conor Skehan, Economist John FitzGerald, Deputy Lord Mayor of Cork City Joe Kavanagh and many more. The theme of the conference was 'Delivery Now - Managing Sustainability'.

Conference Programme

See the presentations from the conference below


Opening Address by Deputy Lord Mayor

Cllr Joe Kavanagh - Slideshow


Session 1

Conor Skehan - Housing Agency

Bairbre Nic Aongusa - Department of Housing , Planning, Community & Local Government

John FitzGerald - TCD and ESRI


Session 2: Perspectives on Challenges, Innovation and Partnerships

Rosalind Carroll - Residential Tenancies Board - Position and Role of the Private Rented Sector


Session 3: Updates on Key Housing Areas

Eoghan Prendergast - Limerick City and Country Council - Housing Assistance Payment 

Claire Feeney - Housing Agency - Strategy on Housing for People with Disabilities

Fiona Cormican -  ClĂșid Housing - Turnkey Experience

Joe Sullivan, Waterford City and County Council - Repair and Lease

Patrick Graham, Housing Agencyl - P&A Agreements/Capital Advance Leasing Facility


Session 4 - Workshops

This session was a working session whereby delegates attended workshops on the following topics:

Workshop 1: Annual Summary of Social Housing Assessments, facilitated by Aidan Sullivan, Declan Grehan, Department of Housing, Planning, community and Local Government, with Daragh McCarthy, Housing Agency

Workshop 2: Mortgage to Rent, facilitated by: Claire Feeney, Housing Agency

Workshop 3: Part V of the Planning and Development Acts, facilitated by  Barry Owens, Cork County Council and Pat Fitzpatrick, Housing Agency

Workshop 4: Dealing with Racially Motivated Anti-Social Behaviour, facilitated by Teresa Buczkowska, Imigrant Council Ireland

Workshop 5: Compulsory Purchase of Vacant Properties, facilitated by Joe McGuiness, Louth County Council and Diarmuid Collins An Bord Pleanla

A few slides were put together to highlight some outcomes from each session

Workshop Outcomes


Session 5: Managing the Assets

Colm McQuillan - Northern Ireland Housing Executive - Managing our Housing Assets

Catherine Kelly - Cork County Council - Progress on Choice Based Lettings


Session 6: Social Housing Delivery under Rebuilding Ireland

Sarah Neary - Department of Housing, Planning, Community and Local Government