Who We Are & What We Do
With over 90 years’ experience, the Irish Home Builders’ Association seeks a strong and positive role for the housing industry in Ireland. We support policy development that aids the delivery of new homes to meet the urgent housing needs of Ireland’s growing population.
As a national trade association, we are the leading source of information and advisory services on all housing, planning and development issues across the country, and have developed a range of services designed to support companies engaged in these areas.
The association organises regular national and regional committee meetings, workshops, webinars and briefings. We bring together builders and industry experts to share information and ideas, and to formulate recommendations to the government to improve the quality and affordability of homes.
We are a constituent association of the Construction Industry Federation.
IHBA Highlight Reel
2023 saw a number of IHBA events where members were given the opportunity to network and engage with industry stakeholders, while gaining further insight into schemes such as the Development Contribution Waiver Scheme, Project Tosaigh 2, and Croí Cónaithe (Cities) Scheme, among others. Outside of our regular webinars, National Committee Meetings and workshops, we kick started the event calendar with the Annual IHBA Housing Summit at Croke Park in March followed by the IHBA Regional Housing Workshops throughout April & May. There was a great turnout for our Annual IHBA Housing Lunch in September, with after lunch entertainment by the talented Risteard Cooper. We closed out the year with Prospects ’24, an informative morning briefing where Minister for Housing, Darragh O’Brien welcomed attendees and gave a high level industry overview. Over the following two hours, key personnel from the Department of Housing, and other state bodies, provided updates to members and addressed any queries.
IHBA Member Resources
Featured Reports & Submissions
IHBA ‘Home Builder’ Newsletter
IHBA Prospects ’24
The IHBA Prospects ’24 took place at the Crowne Plaza, Dublin on Wednesday 29 th November. Attendees were welcomed by the Minister for Housing, Mr. Darragh O’Brien, TD, before a variety of speakers updated everyone on the various different schemes currently in place to aid housing supply and help deliver ‘More Homes For More People’. There was a great turnout, with nearly 200 people in attendance. We received great feedback from those who attended and would like to say a huge thank you for supporting this event.
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Government Publishes the Sustainable Residential Development and Compact Settlements Guidelines for Planning Authorities
The Department of Housing, Local Government and Heritage published the Sustainable Residential Development & Compact Settlements Guidelines for Planning Authorities on 15th January. This follows two public consultations during 2023.
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IHBA Housing Summit
Croke Park, Jones' Rd, Drumcondra
IHBA Annual Housing Lunch
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Director, Housing, Planning & Development
Conor joined the CIF in 2001 and has worked in several roles within the CIF representing members and industry issues to a wide variety of industry stakeholders. Conor is also the Secretary of the Regional Development Committee of the CIF and is responsible for the development of CIF Regional Development Policy as well as stakeholder engagement on construction policy issues across Government Departments, Semi-State Agencies, Local Authorities, Politicians and various regional bodies. Conor is a strong advocate for the role of the construction industry in regional development through the provision of infrastructure. Conor holds a mix of qualifications in Business, Law, Industrial Relations and prior to his current role he worked extensively in employee relations in the construction sector. Until 2022, Conor was the Southern Region Director for the CIF, before taking up the role of Housing, Planning & Development Director.
Housing, Planning & Development Executive
Before joining the CIF in October 2021, Aine worked in the UK as Enterprise Manager for Overbury Enterprises, a 6,000-acre rural estate in the heart of Gloucestershire, UK. Aine is Executive of Housing, Planning and Development and offers support and advice to members of the Irish Home Builders Association (IHBA), whilst representing their interests on related committees and working groups. The role also includes developing strategy, as part of a team, and engaging with Government Departments, Local Authorities, agencies and other stakeholders to ensure members’ views are formally considered and communicated. Aine has a Master’s Degree in Rural Estate & Land Management from Harper Adams University and a Certificate in Construction Project Management from the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS).
Executive of Housing, Planning and Development
In 2016, Rosie qualified with a masters in Rural Land and Business Management from the University of Reading, before working at Bidwells in Cambridge where she qualified as a surveyor with the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS). She then moved to London, working as a surveyor within the estate management team for the Duchy of Lancaster. Before moving to Dublin in October 2022, Rosie worked as a researcher at CoStar, a commercial real estate data company. Rosie joins the CIF as an Executive of Housing, Planning and Development and provides support and advice to members of the Irish Home Builders Association (IHBA). Rosie works with the IHBA team drafting submissions to consultations, engaging with various stakeholders, including government departments, local authorities and other relevant parties to ensure members’ views are properly represented.
Cathy joined the CIF in 2003 and over the following years, Cathy worked in the Industrial Relations and Manpower Department giving advice to members regarding Employment Law and HR issues. More recently in addition to advising members in Employment Law, Cathy now offers full-time support to the Housing Director, in an administrative role.