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Housing Practitioners' Conference 2018

Our Housing Practitioners' Conference took place on Friday the 17th and 18th of May in the Royal Marine Hotel, Dun Laoghaire. The theme of the conference was Providing more Homes. 

Speakers from across the country came and presented to the large audience, along with invited guests from further afield. The Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government, Eoghan Murphy TD, attended the conference on Thursday evening, while Chair of the Joint Oireachtas Committee on Housing, Planning and Local Government, Maria Bailey TD, opened the conference on the 18th. 

Below are the different presentations from the speakers over the course of the Conference. 


Thursday 17th of May 2018

Session One - Plenary

1.Scotland - How are we providing More Homes, Lessons to Share

Sue Lane, Head of Innovation Initiatives, More Homes, Scottish Government

2. Rebuilding Ireland - The Key figures and 2018 priorities

Marguerite Ryan, Principal Officer, Dep. Housing, Planning and Local Government

3. Working in Partnership to provide More Homes

John O'Connor, Chief Executive, Housing Agency


Session Two - Workshops



  1. Improved Delivery through Enhanced Coordination between LAs and AHBs

Pat Fitzpatrick & Pa McCarthy, Housing Agency

Vincent Keenan, North and East Housing Association (NEHA)

  1. Finding the right Public Procurement option for building Social Housing

Norman Jackson, Housing Agency

Billy Morrissey, Project ADR (on competitive dialogue)

  1. Private Sector Renting, key facts for HAP and RAS teams

Caren Gallagher & Claire Diggin, Residential Tenancies Board (RTB)

Marguerite Ryan, Department of Housing, Planning and Local Government (DHPLG)

  1. Using land and progressing Mixed-Use Developments

Jim Baneham, Housing Agency

Peter Gavican, Department of Housing, Planning and Local Government (DHPLG)

  1. Leasing including Enhanced Leasing

Claire Feeney, Housing Agency

Catherine Higgins & Paul O’Neill, Department of Housing, Planning and Local Government (DHPLG)

Louise Mulcahy & Caroline Molloy, National Development Finance Agency (NDFA)

  1. What do the General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR) mean for Housing Practitioners?

John Conway, Local Government Management Agency (LGMA)

Ann Hayes, Clúid Housing


Session Three - Plenary

1. The Role of Social Housing and Affordable Housing - Lessons for Ireland

Kath Scanlon, Assistant Professorial Research Fellow, LSE London

2. Housing Policy Strategic Direction

Barry Quinlan, Principal Officer, Dep. Housing, Planning and Local Government

3. New Directions for Approved Housing Bodies

Donal McManus, Chief Executive, Irish Council for Social Housing


Friday 18th of May 2018

Session Five - Housing Showcase

Full exhibitor listing

Presentations from five of the exhibitors


Phase 1b, Knocknaheeny, Cork

Aislinn Nic Dhomhnaill, Housing Agency

New Build

Independent Housing for Older People, Broome Lodge, Cabra, Dublin

Eibhlin O’Connor, Clúid Housing

Rapid Build

12 Rapid Delivery Houses at George’s Place, Dún Laoghaire

Bob Hannan, Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council


Housing for Older People at Ballygall Road East, Glasnevin, Dublin 

Tina Donaghy, Fold Ireland



Housing at Ormond Square, Dungarvan, Co. Waterford

Joe Sullivan, Waterford City and County Council



Session Six - Plenary

1. Good Practices in Local Government - Housing Re-Letting System

Nuala Woods, Senior Executive Officer, Monaghan County Council

2. Getting People into Homes

Eileen Patterson, Director of Communities, Radius Housing NI