Representing & supporting hundreds of home builders across Ireland in delivering more homes

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.

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IHBA Housing Summit 2024

The IHBA Housebuilding Summit 2024 took place at Croke Park, Dublin on Tuesday 16th April with over 450 guests attending to listen to a variety of panels and presentations that focused on key issues within the housing industry at present. Attendees were welcomed by the Minister for Housing, Mr. Darragh O’Brien, followed by discussions centering around the housing market, the implications of the Planning and Development Bill, NPF Revision and the viability of housebuilding. We’d like to thank all of our attendees, speakers and sponsors, as well as the iQuest team, for delivering such a successful event.

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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