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October 1 2020 - The Irish Council for Social Housing (ICSH) and the Department of Housing, Planning and Local Government (DHPLG) recently hosted a webinar on the incoming Statutory Regulation Framework for Housing Associations (AHBs). Speakers from the DHPLG included Sinead Brennan, Susan Murphy and Stella McKervey. They provided an overview and an update on the new regulatory system and the transitional arrangements. The slides from the presentation are available here.

September 30 2020 - The Regulation Office presented a training webinar to AHBs who are completing Annual Financial Returns this year. The slides for the AFR session are available here.

September 29 2020 - The Regulation Office delivered a webinar presentation to Tier 3 and Tier 2 AHBs regarding the completion of the Annual Regulatory Return, with some changes that were made this year. The presentation slides for Tier 3 and Tier 2 are available here.

September 29 2020 - The Regulation Office delivered a webinar presentation to Tier 1 AHBs who are completing the Annual Regulatory Returns this year. The slides for the Tier 1 presentation are available here.

September 25 2020 – The Regulation Office has issued a Covid-19 Questionnaire to all AHBs regarding their experience of working through the pandemic.

The questionnaire is divided into five sections:
Section 1: Operational Impacts and Mitigating Actions

Section 2: Impacts on Governance
Section 3: Impacts on Finance
Section 4: Impacts on Performance
Section 5: Future Considerations of the Board

To preview a PDF version of the Covid-19 Questionnaire for preparation purposes only please click here.

Please follow this link to complete the actual Covid-19 Questionnaire, or if you have any questions or issues completing it, please do not hesitate to contact the Regulation via email at

July 02 2020 - The Regulation Office has issued an Advice Note on AHB Mergers and Stock Transfers which also includes Case Studies and an Interview with an AHB who has undertaken several stock transfers and mergers. 

June 30 2020 -  The Regulation Office held a Webinar on June 30th for CEOs and Finance Directors from large and growing AHBs.

The presentation was hosted by Miriam Kavanagh, Head of Financial Regulation, Governance and Registration with the Regulation Office. The webinar focused on the Medium and Long-Term Financial impacts of COVID-19 on AHBs.

It featured guest speakers Neil Anderson, Director of Finance, Tuath Housing; Cliodhna O’Leary, Head of Finance, Housing Association for Integrated Living; and Ray Fanning, Head of Finance, Respond. These speakers discussed the initial impact of COVID-19 to their organisations and the longer term financial considerations. The virtual event was attended by 40 attendees.

For the presentation from Miriam Kavanagh please click here.

June 8 2020 - The Regulation Office has issued a communication on Statutory Regulation for Approved Housing Bodies – it is available here.

April 2 2020 - Charities Regulator issue Covid-19 Impact Survey

The Charities Regulator has requested charities to an complete online survey. This will help them understand the concerns and potential impacts the Covid-19 crisis is having on organisations at this time


Mar 31 2020 - Boards and Corporate Governance – Covid-19 Implications

Chartered Accountants Ireland have recently published some helpful advice regarding the implications of Covid-19 for Boards and Corporate Governance.


Mar 26 2020 - Key Areas for consideration during the COVID-19 pandemic (PDF)

The Regulation Office has issued a document outlining 6 key areas for consideration for large and medium-sized AHBs during the coronavirus pandemic. 

Mar 19 2020 - Important Communication: AHBs and COVID-19 (PDF)

The Regulation Office has issued an important communication to AHBs relating to the Regulatory Process and Notifiable Events during the current coronavirus pandemic.

Queries should be directed to


Jan 29 2020 -  The Housing (Regulation of Approved Housing Bodies) Act 2019 was signed into law on December 23rd, 2019. This will allow for the establishment of the Approved Housing Bodies Regulatory Authority. The Department of Housing, Planning and Local Government will advise on the commencement of legislation in due course.   FAQs are available here.


Nov 01 2019 - The Regulation Office has released The Financial Standard October 2019Since the publication of the original Financial Standard in 2015, the Regulation Office has gained significant insights and a deeper understanding of the sector and the diversity within it. This revised Financial Standard has been developed with these key learnings in mind.


Oct 08 2019 - The Regulation Office has released the 2018 Annual Report and Sectoral Analysis. This provides a comprehensive overview of the fifth assessment cycle and the outcomes for the sector.


Sept 26 2019 - The Regulation Office has issued a Guidance note on Notifiable Events - it is available here.


Sept 25 2019 - The Regulation Office held a Governance Forum for Board Members and Chairs from Growth AHBs on September 24th, 2019. 

The speakers at the event were Paul Lemass, Department of Housing, Planning and Local Government; David Duffy, The Governance Company; Dr. Patricia Barker, DCU and Susanna Lyons, Housing Agency Regulation Office

Please find the individual presentations below.

'Governance in a Growth Environment' Forum - Dr. Patricia Barker, September 2019

'Governance in a Growth Environment' Forum - David W. Duffy, September 2019

'Governance in a Growth Environment' Forum - Susanna Lyons, September 2019


Previous Presentations

AHB Regulation Overview July 2019

Risk Management Masterclass June 2019

Holistic Asset Management Dublin April 2019

Governance & Performance Management Roadshows April 2019