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.

COVID-19: Guidance and Advice for ICSH Housing Association Members

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.

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 Response to Covid-19

The ICSH has been contacting all members this week by phone to offer support and to check in on how AHBs are dealing with the current situation. The response by the sector has been nothing short of incredible

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.