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 National Social Housing Conference Programme 27-28 September 2017

ICSH/CIH Level 4 Certificate for the Housing Profession

The brochure for the ICSH/CIH Level 4 Certificate for the Housing Profession is now available. The course will begin in October 2017 and will consist of six one day modules in various areas of importance for those working in housing. To register interest for the course please contact Kevin Ryan, ICSH on 01 661 8334 or kevin@icsh.ie 

Residential Tenancies Board : Head of Finance, Governance and Risk Management (Professional Accountant Grade I)

Reporting to the Director, the successful applicant will be responsible for leading the financial, governance and risk management functions of the organisation.

Clúid Housing: New Business Coordinator

Job Title: New Business Coordinator
Contract: Specific Purpose (Maternity)
Salary: €41,977 - €51,306 per annum pro rata
Closing Date: Monday 18th September 2017

Clúid Housing: Focus Group Facilitator

Clúid Housing are recruiting a focus group facilitator to run a series of tenant group sessions in locations around Ireland. The tenant focus groups will explore tenant’s experiences with Clúid customer service, including the Clúid services that tenants have used, their experiences, and identify if tenants have any further needs that are not currently being met.

ICSH Biennial National Social Housing Conference: 27-28 September 2017

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

Clanmil Appoints New Chief Executive

The Board of Clanmil Ireland are pleased to announce the appointment of Michael Haynes as its new Chief Executive.  Michael took up his position on the 1st September.

Túath Housing: New Business Development Co-ordinator - Dublin

Túath Housing is the fastest growing and most innovative housing association in Ireland. It’s national procurement and acquisition strategy has secured over 500 social homes so far in 2017.We have ambitious plans to develop some 2,000 new social homes to reach our target of 5,000 homes by end 2020. 

Túath Housing: Caretaker

Job description: Full -time Resident Caretaker   (Based on  37.5 Hours per week) 

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.

Túath’s Diversity Strategy Reaping Dividends

Túath Housing’s national procurement and acquisition strategy secured over 500 social homes in 2017 by July. New social homes have been provided within 30 different local authority areas. A further 300+ social homes are currently on site and are also due for handover throughout the country before the end of the year. The association will have invested approximately €80 million using a combination of State funding and private finance from the Housing Finance Agency (HFA), European Investment Bank (EIB) and Allied Irish Bank (AIB) by year end. 

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.

ICSH Annual General Meeting 2017

Appointment of John Hannigan as Chief Executive Officer, Circle Voluntary Housing Association

The Board of Circle Voluntary Housing Association is delighted to announce the appointment of John Hannigan as Chief Executive Officer with effect from 18th September 2017. 

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.


ICSH Biennial National Social Housing Conference: 27-28 September 2017

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

Leitrim County Council Expression of Interest: Delivering Social Housing for People with Disabilities

As part of a range of housing solutions, Leitrim County Council is currently seeking expressions of interests from housing associations (Approved Housing Bodies) interested in delivering a group home for people with an intellectual disability on an identified site in Manorhamilton, Co. Leitrim

ICSH Regional Member Meetings

Our regional meeting schedule is as follows. To confirm your attendance please contact Mairead Holohan at 01 661 8334 or mairead@icsh.ie






26th April

Cavan (North/East)

Cavan Crystal Hotel


9th May

Dublin (North/East)

Ashling Hotel


10th May

Claremorris (West)

McWilliam Park Hotel


23rd May

Cork (Munster)

Westgate Foundation


1st June

Limerick (Munster)

Clayton Hotel


13th June

Kilkenny (South East)

Hotel Kilkenny





Tipperary County Council Call for Expressions of Interest – Delivering Social Housing

Tipperary County Council is responsible for the delivery of Social Housing in accordance with National Policy and in response to Housing Need in the County.

Submission of interest: Opportunity to Operate 25 Units of Supported Temporary Accommodation (STA) Capacity for Families

To: CEOs/ Directors of Service – Dublin Homeless Service Providers
From: Dublin Region Homeless Executive on behalf of Dublin City Council
Re: Submission of Interest –  Opportunity to operate 25 units of Supported Temporary Accommodation (STA) capacity for families as part of the 2017 expansion of homeless services

The National Planning Framework: Ireland 2040 Plan

The ICSH has made a short submission to the first stage of the National Planning Framework process 

Limerick City and County Council: Expression of Interest for Social Housing

Limerick City & County Council is seeking expressions of interest from Building  Contractors, Landowners, Developers and Approved Housing Bodies who have serviced lands, sites with planning permission, partially completed developments, and/or turn key developments in Limerick City and County.

Meath County Council Approved Housing Body Expression of Interest Panel