Reimagining Ireland’s Future – housing, wealth & inequality

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Threshold’s 40th Anniversary Policy Conference

The private rented sector has doubled in size over the past decade, with one in five households in Ireland now renting from a private landlord and an even higher proportion in hour urban centres. With a shortage of supply, rising rents and concerns about the suitability of accommodation, the private rented sector in Ireland is now under pressure.

On Friday, October 26th, Threshold hosted a one-day housing policy conference as part of the housing charity’s 40th anniversary events. ‘Reimagining Ireland’s Future – housing, wealth and inequality’ brought together a range of Irish and European housing and social experts to examine what renting and home ownership could look like in Ireland in the decades to come and how these concepts can interplay.

The conference, chaired by the Director of Public Affairs with Murray Consultants and a former journalist Mark Brennock, also explored how we will live in the future, through examining inequality, opportunity and tenure.

A selection of presentations from the day can be accessed by clicking on the links below

  1. Can lessons from Scotland’s past and present inform and shape our global future?  – Mark Stephens, Professor of Public Policy and Director of The Urban Institute at Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh.  
  2. The Future of Council Housing how can we fund our social housing future? –  Michelle Norris, Professor of housing policy and Head of the School of Social Policy, Social Work and Social Justice, University College Dublin. 
  3. Housing First, National Implementation and Systems Change – Bob Jordan, National Director of Housing First, Dublin Region Homeless Executive. 
  4. Housing facts and fallaciesKarl Deeter, Compliance Manager at Irish Mortgage Brokers, 
  5. Housing Inequality in Ireland – Marie Sherlock ,SIPTU. 
  6. Generation Rent – International Perspectives on Housing & Intergenerational Inequity  – Richard Ronald, Professor of Housing, Society and Space in the Department of Geography, Planning and International Development Studies at the University of Amsterdam. 
  7. Ireland’s Rental Crisis: Cultural Roots and Future Horizons – Dr Niamh Hourigan, Senior Lecturer in Sociology at University College Cork.  
  8. Poverty, poor housing and poor health  – Intervening in a complex, persistent cycle Dr Lisa Garnham, public health researcher at the Glasgow Centre for Population Health. 
  9. How to get housing for all households – Sven Bergenstråhle, President of International Union of Tenants 
  10. Towards A Living Rent for Dublin – Challenges and Opportunities – Dr Dáithí Downey, Head of Housing Policy, Research and Development for Dublin City Council 
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