Dublin Announced as next Host Location for International Social Housing Festival in 2025

June 16, 2023

Dublin has been selected as the next host location for the International Social Housing Festival (ISHF) in 2025. Speaking after the closing ceremony of ISHF 2023 in Barcelona, Donal McManus CEO of the ICSH said:

“The ICSH, together with Co-operative Housing Ireland (CHI) and Housing Europe are pleased that Dublin has been selected to host the next ISHF in 2025. Hosting the event in Dublin is an opportunity to learn from international best practice in terms of public housing delivery, while also demonstrating some of the work underway in Ireland to ramp-up delivery under Housing for All. We are delighted to have the support from our delivery partners including the Minister for Housing, Local Government and Heritage, Darragh O’ Brien, the Housing Agency, the Housing Finance Agency, all four Dublin local authorities, the UCD Geary Institute and Fáilte Ireland.”

President of the ICSH, Tina Donaghy stated: “Hosting this event in Dublin will allow both Approved Housing Bodies and Local Authorities to demonstrate the progress made under the government’s housing plan. It is also an opportunity to share ideas and learn from the experiences of our colleagues both in Europe and further afield. The housing crisis we are feeling here is impacting so many people, young and old, especially the most vulnerable. Sharing information and solutions is important as we seek to deliver more much needed homes.”

CHI's Director of Policy and Communications, Eoin Carroll, added “There is a housing crisis across Europe. Hosting the 2025 conference will bring housing experts from across the world to Dublin and this is a real opportunity for us to learn from experiences elsewhere. Clearly the solution is linked to delivering more homes and maximising the current stock, let’s find out how it’s done elsewhere and improve on how we do it.”

About the International Social Housing Festival:

  • The International Social Housing Festival (ISHF) is an initiative by Housing Europe, the European Federation of Public, Cooperative and Social Housing, and its members and allies, present in 25 countries and encompassing 25 million dwellings: 11% of the housing stock in the European Union.
  • The first ISHF took place in Amsterdam in 2017 and was attended by some 1,300 people with a total of 45 events over two days. The second was organised in Lyon in 2019 and involved some 5,000 participants and 70 events over four days. The third, planned for 2021 had to be postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic and finally took place in June 2022 in Helsinki, where about 1,000 people participated in 80 different activities over three days. The 2023 festival has taken place in Barcelona this week. (https://socialhousingfestival.eu/)

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