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.

Housing and Covid-19: Frequently Asked Questions for Housing Associations

The ICSH is endeavouring to provide our member organisations with the most useful and up-to-date information that can assist them in carrying out their roles over the course of the Covid-19 crisis. The ICSH staff are all working remotely. But please feel free to contact us with any issues as they arise.

Please read on for information and advice on Housing Management, Sheltered / Supported Housing, Insurance, Staffing and additional information

Social Housing Newsletter - Spring/Spring 2020

The Spring/Summer 2020 edition of Social Housing covers our housing association members' responses to the COVID-19 pandemic. We profile the latest innovative developments from members. And we look at the priority housing issues that require urgent action in the Programme for Government 2020.


COVID-19: Official Information Sources on Covid-19

To best serve our members and the voluntary housing sector, the ICSH is constantly monitoring the official information available regarding Covid-19 and its containment and we will communicate this to our members, highlighting specific official advice in relation to our members’ roles as landlords, employers and providers of wider community services .

Please find below a list of organisations of interest to ICSH members that are providing information and guidance notification on Covid-19.

Homeless Services & Housing Webinar - 30th April 2020

Our 30th April Webinar was specifically for our Homeless Services & Housing members. This ICSH webinar looked at specific challenges, learnings and experiences of members to date, sharing emerging best practice on how homeless services are responding to the crisis. Speakers included Martin Hannigan from Dublin Simon Dublin Simon Community, Martin O'Connor from Cope Galway COPE Galway, Pat Doyle, ICSH President and CEO of The Peter McVerry Trust Peter McVerry Trustand Lisa Marmion from Safe Ireland Safe Ireland.

Sheltered/Supported Housing Webinar - 23rd April 2020

The ICSH is hosting a series of webinars for our member housing associations during the COVID-19 crisis to provide updates on the latest issues and developments impacting on our member organisations work.

Our Sheltered/Supported Housing Webinar (23rd April) looked at issues specific to our sheltered/supported housing member organisations, with examples and experiences of how they are responding to the COVID-19 crisis. Our housing association participants heard from Edie McGarry, Director and Company Secretary of Merrick House in Dublin and Mark Hazzard, General Manager of McAuley Place McAuley Place Naas in Kildare.

ICSH COVID-19 Webinar Series for Housing Associations Members

The ICSH is hosting a series of webinars for our member housing associations during the COVID-19 crisis to provide updates on the latest issues and developments impacting on our member organisations work.

Local Authority Community Response Forums

A Local Authority Community Response Forum will meet in each local authority area to coordinate and ramp up work to help ensure all vulnerable members of our communities affected by these new arrangements are appropriately supported to access food, medicines, and other needs, including transport for medical appointments.


Essential workers list - AHB requirements

The Government has now published the list of essential workers who are permitted to travel for work purposes for the period of restricted movement until 12th April 2020.

Housing Associations Responding to Covid-19

Our member housing associations have a long history of providing housing for people who need accommodation with some element of support. Joe Quinn and Betty O'Leary live in supported housing in Avenue Grove Bandon, provided by our housing association member Bandon Geriatric and Community Council. Listen to Joe and Betty talk about cocooning during the COVID-19 crisis.

ICSH COVID-19 and Upcoming Meeting and Events

In relation to our upcoming meetings and events, we are heeding the current advice which does not currently recommend cancelling such events, however we will be monitoring the situation constantly and will postpone events if required or if we feel it is in the interests of public health. We will keep members updated on any changes to our upcoming events.


Housing Picket Blocking Essential Delivery of Homes Unhelpful

A picket in Mulhuddart, Dublin 15 has halted the construction of 65 new social rented homes by ICSH housing association member, Clúid Housing

The Irish Council for Social Housing (ICSH, the national federation of housing associations) is calling for an urgent end to the protest, on a social housing building site in Dublin 15, that is putting the delivery of much-needed social housing by a non-profit housing association at risk.

ICSH Member Services 2020

We would urge all members to contact the ICSH throughout the year for advice or assistance on any issue that they may be dealing with. Full contact details of all ICSH staff are included on the last page, so please do not hesitate to contact us throughout 2020. Click here to download a copy of our Member Services 2020.

Housing (Regulation of Approved Housing Bodies) Act 2019 - ICSH Briefing Note

The regulation of housing associations/ approved housing bodies (AHBs) has been an objective of Government for some time, essentially to ensure that housing provided by AHBs is well governed and managed. The ICSH has been advocating on behalf of members in regard to the proposed regulation of the sector and working closely with the Minister and the Department of Housing, Planning and Local Government (DHPLG) to ensure that the regulation of AHBs is established on a robust, fair and transparent footing.