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Cost Rental Housing and Services of General Economic Interest (SGEI) – Research Launch 29th April 11am

Report Launch (via Zoom) – Thursday 29th April 11am

Supporting the Irish Housing System to Address Housing Market Failure: Cost Rental Housing and Services of General Economic Interest (SGEI)

This research, commissioned by the Irish Council for Social Housing (ICSH) was produced by Professor Padraic Kenna, at the Centre for Housing Law, Rights and Policy NUI Galway. It examines some key issues around the provision of affordable cost rental housing in Ireland, as part of State measures to support and shape the Irish housing system.

The European Union has a role in relation to standards, financial regulation and in supporting Member States’ housing policies. EU rules on Services of General Economic Interest (SGEI) allow Member States to support their housing systems to address market failure. This research links the specific application of SGEI rules (which are determined at Member State level) with the new cost rental model, clarifying its position within the Irish housing system, and identifying the housing needs that it meets. The publication of this report is timely, with the central role of AHBs in the delivery of cost rental housing, and a forthcoming legislative framework.

Register in advance for the Report launch (via Zoom) here:




  • Bronagh D’Arcy Deputy CEO & Director of New Business and Development, Tuath Housing
  • Robin Van Leijen, Head of EU Public Affairs, AEDES, (federation of housing associations in the Netherlands)