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ICSH Finance & Development Conference – 7th-9th October, 2020

Resilience, Recovery & Delivery

The 2020 ICSH Housing Finance and Development Conference, sponsored by AIB, was our 7th such conference and the first one delivered entirely online. Over 500 delegates registered for the conference from approved housing bodies, local authorities, government departments, statutory agencies, the HSE, the wider voluntary sector and finance, architectural, sustainability firms from the private sector.

Click on the session title to access the Youtube link to the video recording of the session. If you wish to download any of the conference videos, you can do so using this Dropbox folder.

Welcome and Opening AddressesWelcome by Pat Doyle, ICSH President

Address from Minister Darragh O’Brien, T.D., Minister for Housing, Local Government and Heritage
Financial Landscape, Fall-out from Covid-19 & Opportunities for Housing DeliveryChair: Donal McManus, CEO, ICSH
Paul Kelly, Director, Real Estate Finance, AIB
Stuart Muldowney, Director Corporate Banking, AIB
Sean O’Connor, Chief Executive, Tuath Housing
Margaret Geraghty, Director of Housing, Fingal County Council
Reaching Housing Delivery Targets – Measures & DevelopmentsChair: Karen Murphy, Director of Policy, ICSH
Eddie Taaffe, Housing Delivery Office, Local Government Management Agency
Declan Dunne, CEO, Respond
Orla Hegarty, School of Architecture, Planning and Environmental Policy, University College Dublin
Financing for Delivery, Learnings & Institutional InvestmentChair: Frank Allen, Chairperson, Iarnród Éireann and Financial Consultant
Sean Cremen, Head of Treasury, Housing Finance Agency
Robert Grundy, Head of Housing Investment and Consultancy, Savills
Brenna O’Roarty, Executive Director, RHL Strategic Solutions
Housing Affordability OptionsChair: Sharon Cosgrove, CEO, Oaklee Housing
John O’Connor, CEO, Housing Agency
Sorcha Edwards, Secretary General, Housing Europe
James Benson, Director of Housing, Planning and Development, Construction Industry Federation
Financial Models for Delivering AffordabilityChair: Pio Murtagh, Chief Financial Officer, North & East Housing Association
Virginie Toussain, Mission Europe, L’Union sociale pour l’habitat
Brian O’Gorman, Chief Executive, Clúid Housing
Phil Jenkins, Managing Director, Centrus
Designing & Developing Alternatives to Residential Care — Community LivingChair: Tina Donaghy, Director of Development, Fold Ireland
Patricia Gruits, Senior Principal and Managing Director, MASS Design Group, Boston, USA
Caroline Timmons, Head of Business Unit, Housing Policy, Department of Housing, Planning and Local Government
Aoife Flynn Kennedy, Head of Clann
Sector Development, Policy & Regulatory IssuesChair: Martin Hannigan, Head of Finance and Corporate Services, Dublin Simon Community
Paul Lemass, Assistant Secretary, Housing Policy, Governance and Legislation Division, Department of Housing Local Government and Heritage
Caitlin McDowell, Head of Policy, Community Housing Industry Association, New South Wales
John Hannigan, Chief Executive Officer, Circle Voluntary Housing Association
Building the Landscape for Sustainable Housing, Financing Policy & PracticeChair: Paula Butler, Ecoconscious Living
Hazel Chu, Lord Mayor of Dublin
Kevin McGillycuddy, Senior Economist, European Investment Bank (EIB)
Andree Dargan, County Architect, Dun Laoghaire Rathdown County Council
Aidan Culhane, Chief Executive, The Iveagh Trust


The conference was free to attend. In recognition of the extraordinary financial burden that the Covid-19 pandemic has placed on housing providers and stakeholders, the ICSH did not wish to place any financial barriers towards attending this event. We hope that the shared learnings from this event can be accessed by as wide an audience as possible and will contribute in some way to the sector’s resilience and recovery.

If you would like to make a contribution towards the running costs of the conference, please contact Catherine McGillycuddy at to discuss.

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