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.

National Social Housing Conference to Address Sector’s Climate Action Responsibilities

“The social housing sector is looking to deliver low carbon solutions as part of our national effort to build a more climate resilient society”. So says Dr. Donal McManus, CEO of the Irish Council for Social Housing, at their National Social Housing conference in Wexford on 10th-11th October, sponsored by AIB.

Budget 2020

The ICSH weclomes the Budget 2020 package, which includes the following meaures to deliver housing and combat homelessness

An overall package of €2.6 billion  to support the social housing needs of over 27,500 households in 2020. This breaks down as follows:

ICSH Biennial National Social Housing Conference 2019


This biennial ICSH conference, Social Housing 2019 – Innovation, delivery & sustainability will explore initiatives that have been successful, how they can be replicated and mainstreamed as well as what other measures and solutions that are needed to increase delivery and services to tenants. Speakers from Ireland, the EU and the US will also assist in learning that we can use in our own organisations, whether you are attending from the public, non-profi t or private sector.

ICSH Allianz Community Housing Awards 2019


The ICSH Allianz Community Housing Awards 2019 were presented to winners on October 10th at our gala dinner in Wexford. This year's awards were the most hotly contested ever with more than 50 entries received from local authorities and housing associations across the country. #communityhousing19

Well done to all entrants, shortlisted projects and winners for delivering houisng of such an exceptional standard, making differences to lives and communities all over Ireland. 


Pre-Budget Submission 2020

The Irish Council for Social Housing (ICSH) is asking that Budget 2020 should be centrally focussed on improving access to affordable, good quality, secure accommodation for all households.

Social housing development launch in Béal Átha an Ghaorthaidh

Dónal McManus, Chairperson Irish Council of Social Housing and the Mayor’s representative Cllr. Michael Looney recently launched a new development of social housing at Cuan Barra, Kilmore, Béal Átha an Ghaorthaidh by the housing body Coiste Tithe Uibh Laoire Teo.



We held our AGM 2019 on the Ashling Hotel Dublin on 19th June. Damien English TD,  Minister for Housing and Urban Development launched our Annual Report 2019 and spoke about the ciritical role for  housing associations in delivering on the 50,000 social homes committeed to in Rebuilding Ireland. In particular, he stressed the ned for the ICSH and our member orgqanisaiton communicate to communities, local auhtorities and councillors throught the country that we are making an impact and playing a ciritical role in alleviating the housing crisis.

Housing Associations at AGM 2019 Ready for Strategic Delivery Partner Role in National Climate Action Plan

Wednesday, 19th June 2019


Housing associations attending the Irish Council for Social Housing (ICSH) AGM 2019 are ready to partner up with local authorities to deliver ambitious climate action measures for Ireland’s housing stock

Housing Association Activity Report 2018

This is our Activity Report on the output of Housing Associations in 2018. The increased delivery reflects the sector’s ambition and commitment to improve the housing system in Ireland by providing more affordable homes for people on low incomes.


Social Housing Newsletter - Spring 2019

The Spring 2018 edition of Social Housing covers sector activity and innovation (including Clúid's innovative solution with Leeside Apartments Cork, and Túath Housing's Victorian social housing regeneration project in Dublin). We also feature updates on the Residential Tenancies Bill 2018, the Social Housing Delivery Report 2018, the recent ICSH presnetaqtion to the Oireachtas PAC Committee, and our upcoming Community Housing Awards 2019.

4 out of 10 New Social Homes in 2018 were Delivered by Housing Associations

Today, the Irish Council for Social Housing (ICSH) will launch the Housing Association Activity Report 2018. Ireland’s housing association sector provided 3,219 social homes in 2018, 38% of the national total, and took more than 4,000 households off the social housing waiting list. 54% were new build social homes provided by ICSH members to households on the social housing waiting list, 33% were acquisitions and 13% were leased.