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 Finance & Development Conference, 25-26 October 2018

Please find attached hotel rates and reservation details  for our Finance & Development Conference on 25th-26th October 2018. Book now to avoid disappointment. Further conference details to follow.


Reflecting on the work of the ICSH during 2017 and in the years to come issues that were raised included the challenges facing housing associations and the ICSH as membership bodyin relation to the CSO/Eurostat reclassification of housing associations as part of the local government sub-sector. Also, the recurring concerns facing our smaller (Tier 1) members around long-serving voluntary board members and the problem of succession and governance were also raised. Minister Eoghan Muprhy addressed members in attendance and spoke of the housing association sector as critical to the delivery of social housing under Rebuilding Ireland.

ICSH Annual Report 2017

This 2017 Annual Report clearly demonstrates the,amount of important work undertaken by the ICSH and its member organisations throughout the year. Thankfully, 2017 was a year of substantial progress with a record level of housing output achieved. The challenge for the sector now is to sustain our rapid growth and to deliver a greater volume of new homes in a sustainable manner.

University of Limerick and Community Law Mediation Limerick to deliver Housing Law and Policy course

Community Law and Mediation Limerick, in conjunction with University of Limerick ran an online course  on Housing Law and Policy in 2017. The course will be running again this year, commencing in September 2018. The module is delivered jointly by Kathryn O’Sullivan from the School of Law, UL and Caroline Keane o fCommunity Law and Mediation Limerick.

Details of the course can be found here - https://www.ul.ie/cpe/node/1871

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. 

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 –