The following article originally appeared in the Leinster Leader
Following on from ‘Housing Ourselves Co-operatively’ held in October 2015 and a Co-Housing Salon hosted in October 2016 Cultivate co-operative are hosting a conference to bring together people with an interest or involvement in co-operative housing, co-living projects, community land trusts, community development, planning, green building and social finance to look at how we can make a community-led approach to housing a reality.
Co-operative Housing Ireland has made a submission to the Department of Housing, Planning, and Local Government (DHPLG) on the review of Rebuilding Ireland calling for a radical review of Irish housing policy. In the submission, which can be accessed here, we propose:
Speaking at the Joint Committee on Housing, Planning, Community & Local Government in the Oireachtas today, representatives of four of Ireland's housing providers backed calls for proposals from the Central Bank that would allow credit union investment in social housing.
A new housing development, Fruithill Manor, located on the Castlecomer Road in Graiguecullen is providing homes for seventy-four families from the Laois/Carlow area.
CoopStarter is a starting point for young entrepreneurs setting up cooperative start-ups, providing information on the cooperative model, a step-by-step guide to setting up a cooperative and a list of local support points across Europe, including Co-operative Housing Ireland. Success stories from cooperatives in different sectors and EU countries are also outlined to inspire and encourage European youth to explore the cooperative model for their businesses.
Minister for Gaeltacht Affairs and Natural Resource, Sean Kyne TD will open a new housing scheme at Maigh Rua in Doughiska, Galway today, providing homes for twenty-three local families currently on Galway City council’s housing list.
Co-operative Housing Ireland is pleased to support Irish Community Living Unconferences - a series of 1 day events that aim to offer people interested in the areas of Community Living, Co-operative Housing and Eco Villages an opportunity to meet, knowledge share, problem solve and create support networks. This will be achieved through participant generated discussions, communal feasting (potluck meal), and knowledge harvesting.
The Society of Co-operative Studies in Ireland and Co-operative Housing Ireland hosted a one-day seminar bringing together groups from across Ireland who are meeting their own housing needs through direct development. Speakers from Community Land Scotland and the UK federation of housing co-operatives spoke about some of the ways that communities there have succeeded in delivering new affordable housing projects.
Co-operative Housing Ireland has made a submission to the Department of Housing, Planning, Community and Local Government (DHPCLG) on the first stage of the development of a National Planning Framework. In the submission we propose:
A seminar on Community Led Housing will take place at the Wood Quay Venue, Dublin 8 on Tuesday, 4th April. The seminar will look at practical steps to support the delivery of co-operative housing, co-housing and community land trusts.
The Industrial and Provident Societies Acts 1893 - 2014 are the main legislative framework for the registration and regulation of co-operatives in Ireland. These Acts, which have remained largely unchanged since the time of Queen Victoria, are currently subject to review by the Department of Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation.
Co-operative Housing Ireland has made a submssion to the development of a strategy for the rental sector in Ireland.
Co-operative Housing Ireland, the national federation for co-operative housing, published its annual report at its Annual General Meeting in Dublin on Saturday. The report highlights some of the key successes of 2015 including the delivery of more than 100 new homes in Dublin and Munster as well as the opening of a new co-operative society in Leinster.
Preliminary figures for Census 2016 released today by the CSO underline the need for a new national housing construction programme. The population of the country has grown by close to 170,000 people, but fewer than 19,000 additional homes have been provided – one home for every nine new people.