Irish Home Builders Association (IHBA)

What We Do

Irish Home Builders’ Association seeks a strong and positive role for the housing industry in Ireland’s economy and in the life and development of our communities. Part of attaining this goal is supporting the development of policy that achieves the construction of homes to meet the urgent housing needs of Ireland’s growing population.

We are the leading source of information and advisory services on all housing, planning and development issues in Ireland. With over 90 years’ experience representing the industry sector, the Irish Home Builders’ Association has developed a range of services designed to support companies engaged in these areas.

How We Work

The Irish Home Builders’ Association is a trade association for housebuilders with a national reach through a network of branches and members that operate throughout Ireland.

The association organises regular national and regional committee meetings, workshops, webinars and briefings. We bring together builders and industry experts from across the country 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.


Featured Reports & Submissions

from the IHBA

IHBA Submission to the Sustainable and Compact Settlements Guidelines for Planning Authorities

IHBA Letter to Minister McGrath re. RZLT

IHBA Submission to the Land Value Sharing & Urban Development Zones Bill

IHBA Submission to Uisce Éireann’s draft Capital Investment Plan (2025 – 2029)

IHBA House Building Summit 2023

The IHBA Housebuilding Summit 2023 took place at Croke Park, Dublin on Wednesday 22nd March. The event was hosted by the brilliant Ivan Yates and over 500 guests attended to listen to a variety of panels and presentations that focused on key issues within the housing industry at present.

The Home Builder

IHBA Newsletter

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IHBA Uisce Éireann Connections Refund Webinar

27th September 2023 pdf (393.62 KB)

IHBA Adaptive Reuse of Our Built/Heritage Environment

26th September 2023 pdf ()

IHBA Letter to Minister McGrath re. RZLT

26th September 2023 pdf ()

IHBA Submission to Uisce Éireann’s draft Capital Investment Plan (2025 – 2029)

26th September 2023 pdf ()

Presentation for Attendees Dublin Workshop

30th May 2023 pdf (24.4MB)

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Key Contacts

in the IHBA

Conor O’Connell

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.

Aine McGinity

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).

Rosie James

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 Gurry


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.

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