Time is of the essence in delivering housing for all

Ireland is hitting an emergency when it comes to housing and while time is ticking away, the industry and stakeholders are rowing in together

L-R: Deborah Smyth, managing director, Tempo Housing UK & Ireland; Conor O’Connell, director of housing & planning, CIF and director, Irish Home Builders Association (IHBA); Sean O’Neill, chair, Irish Home Builders Association (IHBA) and managing director, Park Developments; Ivan Yates, conference host; Ronan McGrath, managing director, McGrath Quantity Surveyors; Marian Finnegan, managing director, Residential & Advisory, Sherry FitzGerald; John Hannigan, chief executive, Circle Voluntary Housing Association and chair, The Housing Alliance; Heber McMahon, director of technical sales, Cygnum Building Offsite; Cian O’Mahony, head of operations, SIRO; Yvonne Harris, head of customer Operations and Connection Developer Services, Uisce Éireann and John Downey, director, Downey Planning. Pictures: Maura Hickey

With more than 450 delegates in attendance, this year’s IHBA Housebuilding Summit was a hive of activity, with members representing all areas of the construction industry in attendance.

Welcoming the crowd to Croke Park on Wednesday, March 21, Ivan Yates, entrepreneur, broadcaster and summit chair, took the opportunity to highlight the problems the industry faces.

“There’s more complexity in building a house,” he said. “There’s more cost, more uncertainty, and more delay… for all that ...