Welcome to the Irish Council for Social Housing website

The Irish Council for Social Housing (ICSH) is the national social housing federation representing over 270 housing associations across Ireland.

This website aims to provide information on the role of the ICSH in developing housing policy, the services we offer to our members, an overview of social housing provision in Ireland and information on latest news and events.

Social Housing Newsletter - Winter 2017

The Winter 2017 edition of Social Housing covers sector activity and innovation; General Data Protection Regulation, the New AHB Services Unit in the Housing Agency; The Housing (Standards for Rented Houses) Regulations 2017; Budget 2018; The Peter McVerry Trust Pathways Housing First Partnership; the draft National Planning Framework report; the ICSH Biennial National Social Housing Conference; the Community Housing Awards 2017; Short Term Lettings Regulation (Airbnb lettings); the Rebuilding Ireland Review; HAPM (Housing Association Performance Management) 2016; Tier One Collaboration Case Studies.

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New Classification for Housing Associations Would Jeopardise Rebuilding Ireland Social Housing Programme

Wednesday, 20th December 2017
– The Irish Council for Social Housing reacts to today’s CSO classification of a large number of developing housing associations as bodies controlled by government that should be classified in the government sector –

ICSH Council 2018-2020 Election Results

The tenure of the 15 elected ICSH member organisation representatives to the council will end in 2017.  An election process must then take place to elect six representatives, two from each of Tiers 1, 2 and 3 as required by the Memorandum & Articles (Constitution) of the ICSH.

Appointment of Three External Members to the Board of the Irish Council for Social Housing (ICSH)

The Irish Council for Social Housing (ICSH) is the national federation of housing associations in Ireland. The ICSH represent and promotes the work of not-for-profit housing associations, who collectively own and manage over 32,000 homes, accommodating up to 80,000 people in 500 communities.

Irish Council for Social Housing and Minister Damien English Celebrate Community Housing Award Winners 2017

 ICSH Celebrates Community Housing 2017 Award Winners at the Irish Architectural Archive

David McWilliams' Ireland TV3: Housing

David McWilliams explores the big issues facing Ireland's society and economy, beginning with the development of another property bubble. ICSH Chief Executive, Donal McManus contributed to the show, aired on on TV3  on 2nd November 2017. Click on the screenshot to watch the show.

New Local Authority Homes under Tuath Housing Management

On Monday 6th November Tuath had a double celebration with the handover of 47 new council homes at Hansfield, Clonee and the letting of the first phase of 49 new council apartments at Charlemont, Dublin 2.

A Social Housing Budget Requires a Bricks-and-Mortar Investment

The Irish Council for Social Housing (ICSH) has said this year’s housing budget demonstrates that the government is investing in social housing. However, the housing association membership body is concerned that diverting significant funds to supporting the private rental sector represents bad value for money. Social housing is an essential public service, and new spending should be used to rebuild the country’s depleted social housing stock.


Budget 2018 – Housing Summary Report

The Irish Council for Social Housing (ICSH) has responded to this year’s housing budget saying it demonstrates government investment in social housing. However, the ICSH is concerned that diverting significant funds to supporting the private rental sector represents bad value for money. Social housing is an essential public service, and new spending should be used to rebuild the country’s depleted social housing stock. You can read the press release here 

ICSH Biennial National Social Housing Conference 2017: Speaker Presentations

The ICSH Biennial National Social Housing Conference, supported by Gas Networks Ireland and the Allianz Community Housing Awards took place on the 27th & 28th September 2017 in the Limerick Strand Hotel. 

Speaker presentations and visual highlights

A Win For Fold Ireland and Regeneration at the ICSH Biennial Community Housing Awards 2017

Fold Ireland’s housing regeneration scheme at Ballygall Road, Glasnevin, Dublin scooped the overall winner award at the Irish Council for Social Housing’s 8th Biennial Community Housing Awards, sponsored by Allianz, in the Limerick Strand Hotel on Wednesday 27th September.  The awards, showcasing housing quality, innovation and partnership are open to housing associations, housing cooperatives and local authorities. 

ICSH Community Housing Award 2017 - Winners

The ICSH would like to salute this year’s winners as champions in the social housing sector, exemplifying the dedication and resilience of those working to provide affordable homes in Ireland.



ICSH National Social Housing Conference Programme 27-28 September 2017

Pre-Budget Submission 2018

The ICSH believe Budget 2018 should underpin a new phase in social housing entailing a significant supply programme providing affordable homes for all.

Professional Housing Management is Key to a Sustainable Rental Sector

Wednesday, 23rd August 2017
Professional Housing Management is Key to a Sustainable Rental Sector
-ICSH Publishes Annual Housing Management Data-

2016 HAPM Results Report

HAPM (Housing Association Performance Management) has been developed and managed by the ICSH since 2004 and is an important self-monitoring tool for housing associations to assess their performance and benchmark this within the sector. The number of participating members and tenancies covered by the HAPM framework has grown in recent years and the ICSH is delighted to see this trend has continued into 2016. There has never been a greater focus on governance and compliance within the housing association sector and HAPM demonstrates that, notwithstanding the legislative, economic or regulatory changes, housing associations continue to provide an excellent service to tenants and other stakeholders.

Housing Associations Call for Renewed Focus on Social Housing at AGM 2017

The five-pillar action plan on Housing and Homelessness, Rebuilding Ireland is only one-year off the block and must be given adequate resources to deliver on its commitments. So says Justin O'Brien, President of the Irish Council for Social Housing (ICSH), speaking today (3rd July 2017) at the organisation’s AGM in the Ashling Hotel Dublin.
Welcoming new Housing Minister Eoghan Murphy to the event, Mr O’Brien says that tackling homelessness remains the most critical housing issue for Rebuilding Ireland. However, any review of the Rebuilding Ireland plan must also recognise that the homelessness crisis will not be addressed without the urgent delivery and significant scaling-up of social housing. “Housing associations can and have made a defining contribution here. In 2016 we accommodated almost 2,000 households from the waiting lists from new delivery and letting of existing stock”, he says.

ICSH Annual Report 2016

The ICSH had a very busy year in 2016 as outlined in the activity reports of the different working groups included in this report. During 2016, the ICSH continued to roll-out the Strategic Plan 2015-2018.A significant amount of ICSH resources was focused on regulatory issues and communicating the work of the sector and the ICSH governance structures have become established and are working well in terms of consultation, consideration of policy matters and decision-making. With up to 260 members, there were three new housing associations established with a significant number of existing members seeking support on restructuring and organisational change. This form of organisation capacity building to support increased delivery and service delivery will likely be a key role for the sector in the forthcoming years.

Social Housing Newsletter - Spring 2017

The Spring 2017 edition of Social Housing covers innovative delivery across the sector, RTB regulation one-year-on, Rebuilding Ireland updates, repair and lease and mortgage to rent information, the National Planning Fraemwork 2040, Peter McVerry's 'Empty Homes' inititaive, the ICSH Tenant Experience Survey 2017 and our recent regional membership meetings.

Independent Survey Shows High level of Satisfaction Amongst Housing Association Tenants

First sector wide independent tenant experience survey shows high level of satisfaction with housing associations.  The sector is well-placed to ramp-up social housing delivery under  the Rebuilding Ireland Action Plan for Housing and Homelessness.