Dec 6, Radisson Blu Royal Hotel, Golden Lane, Dublin 8



Welcome & opening remarks from the Chair

Tina Marie O’Neill, Property Editor, The Sunday Business Post


MORNING KEYNOTE ADDRESS:  Policy update on housing delivery and Budget 2017 measures to address Ireland’s housing crisis

Simon Coveney TD, Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government   


Review of Action Plan for Housing and Budget 2017: An economist’s perspective

The budget announced a much anticipated help-to-buy scheme for first time buyers plus incentives to boost the supply of rental property. But, are these the right measures to address the same old problem? Supply v demand. Or, are we heading for another property bubble?

Conall MacCoille, Chief Economist, Davy Research and Author of quarterly property report 


Spotlight on housing development: A legal perspective 

What is the current legal and taxation context for housing development? And how does this impact on the supply of new housing? Does the Action Plan for Housing and Homelessness identify and address the most critical legal bottlenecks contributing to "the chronic undersupply of new homes"?

Michael Walsh, Head of Property and Construction, ByrneWallace


Q&A with speakers


Morning break


We cannot solve our problems with the same thinking we used when we created them
Our speaker explains why he believes the government’s new housing plan is trying to do just that...  
Tom Dunne, Head School of Surveying and Construction Management, DIT


PANEL DISCUSSION: Unlocking land for residential development

  • 130,000 new homes are to be built over the next 5 years – how can we speed up the release of land and meet the target?
  • How do we make the planning system more robust in unlocking land for residential development?
  • Brownfield: Identifying available land for use, unlocking smaller brownfield sites and smart planning of regeneration in suburban areas
  • Thinking outside the box: Where does the bold leadership on releasing public land need to come from?
  • Best practice examples: Effective private/public sector partnerships
  • How do we get public support for rapid release of land for housing?

‚ÄčHazel Jones, Planning and Social/Affordable Housing Director, Bartra Capital
Margaret Geraghty, Director of Housing, Fingal County Council 

Michael O'Flynn, Managing Director, O'Flynn Group 

Niall Cussen, Principal Advisor(Planning), Dept. of Housing, Planning, Community & Local Government




Welcome back from the Chair


INTERNATIONAL KEYNOTE ADDRESS: Towards a sustainable private rented sector: What we can learn from other countries?

Our speaker is a housing researcher at the London School of Economics who writes on housing, planning and the role of government.  She has studied housing markets and policy in several EU countries and the US and has advised government departments, international organisations and development banks. Kathleen has written extensively about Britain’s private rented sector and the role of new corporate landlords.  She has recently been involved in a project looking at how to accelerate new residential development in London.


Kathleen Scanlon, Research Fellow, London School of Economics


PANEL DISCUSSION: Residential debt funding: lenders' perspectives


  • Developing lasting, mutually beneficial partnerships between investors and housing providers
  • Delivering flexible financing models
  • Typical terms on offer and projects lenders look for
  • Availability of finance for projects and the type of development that is securing funding
  • Alternative funding sources e.g. crowd-funding, peer to peer lending, debt based securities and their impact on the residential lending market

CHAIR: Jack Horgan-Jones, Business Correspondent, The Sunday Business Post

Robert Gallagher, CEO, Activate Capital Ltd
Fergal McAleavey, Head of Private Equity, Irish Strategic Investment Fund (ISIF)

Neil Collins, Director, KPMG Corporate Finance


Afternoon Break


CASE STUDY: Innovation and creativity in affordable housing

Ó Cualann Co-Housing Alliance has solved problems that have baffled the Council, the government and the charitable housing sector. We’ll hear about this innovative housing project in Dublin that could be the shape of things to come.

Hugh Brennan, CEO, Ó Cualann Housing Co-Alliance CHG­­­­­


LOCKNOTE PANEL DISCUSSION: The Big Debate: Addressing the unpalatable truths as to why we are STILL not meeting the demand for housing - it’s time to get radical!


  •  How do we realistically start to crack the housing supply deficit, who is going to deliver the numbers needed and where does the buck stop? 
  • What are the tenure types that can drive additional supply and how can we accelerate the delivery of this supply?
  • In a country obsessed with homeownership, is PRS really an effective panacea to the supply issue?
  • From first time buyer to last time buyer: are we creating the right products?
  • Stepping up our game: how can all of the component parts of the housing sector play their role in increasing supply and what kind of support do we need from the Government?

Claire Solon, President, Society of Chartered Surveyors in Ireland and Head of Property, Friends First
Fiona Cormican, New Business Director, Clúid Housing
Enda McGuane, Managing Director, Winters Property Management 

Iain Finnegan, Managing Director, Finnegan Menton


Closing Remarks & Summit Close

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