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.

Budget 2019: Ireland Needs Transformative Affordable Rental Housing

The Irish Council for Social Housing (ICSH) has questioned the merits of today’s affordable housing proposal and has said that the Government’s failure to introduce an affordable rental scheme is evidence of a lack of vision and housing policy that is failing to evolve. The Programme for Government 2016 committed to introducing a new model of affordable rental housing and this has not been delivered.

ICSH Finance & Development Conference, 25-26 October 2018


The ICSH Finance & Development Conference, supported by Gas Networks Ireland will take place on the 25th & 26th October 2018 at the Lyrath Conference Centre, Kilkenny.  

The Finance Conference has this year extended to include Development as we reflect on the shifting landscape within the social housing sector and the strong connections linking financial capacity with development.  The 2018 Finance and Development Conference reflects the need to drive forward the delivery of social housing to the scale and extent that will provide homes under the objectives of Rebuilding Ireland.  

Housing Agency Development Land - Expression of Interest

The Land Aggregation Scheme (LAGS) was introduced in 2010 as part of revised arrangements for the funding of land for social and affordable housing purposes. Under the Scheme a total of 73 sites were transferred to the Housing Agency. whose Strategic Development and Management Plan identified 36 Sites as being Suitable for Immediate Development, 17 of which are currently under development. Where lands have a development capacity of approximately 100 units, it is envisaged that the development partners will be Approved Housing Bodies (AHBs).

The Housing Agency is seeking Expressions of Interest from AHBs to select appropriately experienced and resourced AHBs to work with the Agency to develop identified sites.

ICSH Pre-Budget 2019 Submission

Budget 2019 should be centrally focussed on housing and homelessness to meet the challenges facing Ireland as a society

Housing Associations (also known as Approved Housing Bodies or AHBs) are a key partner in meeting the challenges posed by the housing crisis. In 2017, over 3,100 homes were provided by housing associations through new build, purchase and relets to households on the social housing waiting list. The sector owns and manages over 33,000 homes across the country and housing associations have been playing their part to increase the number of homes through every delivery and funding mechanism available to them. The recommendations within this submission are aimed at increasing the stock of permanent, social and affordable housing by scaling up the delivery of homes.

Housing Associations Deliver 1/3 of All Long-term Social Housing in 2017

Today, the Irish Council for Social Housing (ICSH) will launch the Housing Association Activity Report 2017. The report demonstrates that housing associations have been working flat-out in recent years to rebuild Ireland’s social housing stock.  In 2017, 1 in every 3 new long-term social homes were delivered by housing associations. That’s 2,330 homes through a combination of build, acquisition and leasing.