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.

ICSH Annual General Meeting and EGM 2018: 18th June, 2018

The Irish Council for Social Housing would encourage members to attend our 2018 Annual General Meeting on 18th June. The AGM is an occasion for members to review the work of the ICSH during 2017 and reflect on the successes of 2017. We'd also like to welcome Minister Eoghan Murphy to deliver his second ICSH AGM address. A year into his brief, there's a lot to reflect on, and we look forward to his and his officials continued assistance in supporting a housing association sector that can further expand its delivery of social and affordable homes.

Neighbours’ Day 2018

Respond and Hail housing associations celebrate Neigbours' Day 2018.The festival itself is  now in its 18th year and has extended beyond European borders to be celebrated by millions of people worldwide. 

Persistence Pays-off with Value for Money for Túath in Dublin Docklands

After several years of a very challenging acquisition process, Túath completed the purchase of 26 apartments at Northbank, Castleforbes, D1, for just under €5M. At an average €190,000 per property, the acquisition represents excellent value for money.

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.

Housing Report Calls for Urgent Expert Management of State Land to Deliver Affordable Housing

The Irish Council for Social Housing (ICSH) welcomes today’s publication by the Department of Housing of a series of reports investigating the obstacles to affordable housing delivery in Ireland. 

ICSH Member Regional Meetings 2018

Wed 18th April Ballincollig, Cork Westgate Foundation 6.30pm
Thurs 26th  April Claremorris, Mayo McWilliam Park Hotel 6.30pm
Tues 1st May Limerick Clayton Hotel Limerick 6.30pm
Tues 15th May Kilkenny Hotel Kilkenny 6.30pm
Thurs 24th May Cavan  Cavan Crystal Hotel 6.30pm
Mon 18th June AGM Ashling Hotel TBC

The ICSH regional meetings are a key event for members and provide a forum where housing associations can meet to discuss current issues of concern with ICSH staff and other relevant stakeholders.

Call for Good Practice Examples - TopHouse

The Irish Council for Social Housing is looking for examples of good practice in housing assessment and allocation from our members as part of our involvement in TOPHOUSE (TH), a project co-financed by the Erasmus+ Programme of the European Union.

Ireland 2040 Regeneration and Development Agency Commits to Ringfence Public Lands for Affordable Housing

PRESS STATEMENT, Friday, 16th February 2018

The Project Ireland 2040 commitments around Housing and Sustainable Urban Development demonstrate ambition, and the establishment of the National Regeneration and Development Agency indicates a genuine commitment and long-term strategy to ringfence public and state lands for affordable housing. 

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.

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 –