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Empty Homes Conference

09.03.17

Peter McVerry Trust have organised a conference to further discuss the Government’s Empty Homes Strategy

Booking Information

Empty Homes Conference

Croke Park Conference Centre

09.03.17

Registration at 8.30am

Booking Information

Empty Homes Conference

Croke Park Conference Centre

09.03.17

Registration at 8.30am

Since World Homeless Day 2014 (Oct 10), Peter McVerry Trust has been campaigning for State led action on vacant homes, derelict sites and underused spaces. Peter McVerry Trust strongly believes that addressing these issues can play a significant role in improving housing availability, housing affordability and homelessness.

The Government’s Empty Homes Strategy is set to be published in late March 2017. Peter McVerry Trust felt it would be prudent to put together a conference to further the debate and identify both barriers and solutions in how we best use empty homes, derelict sites and underused spaces.

As such the Empty Homes Conference will hear from a number of agencies and stakeholders both Irish and International as we seek the most sustainable use of our built environment.

Conference Agenda
08:30
Registration and Tea/Coffee
09:00
Welcome and Opening Remarks
Pat Doyle, CEO of Peter McVerry Trust
09:15
Keynote Address – Damien English, Minister of State for Housing and Urban Renewal
09:45
Session 1: Data & Information Analysis
John O’Connor, Chief Executive, Housing Agency, Dr Lorcan Sirr, Lecturer in Housing Studies and Urban Economics at DIT, Aoife Corcoran, Co-Founder of Re-Using Dublin & Space Engagers
11:00
Tea/Coffee
11:15
Session 2: Identifying and Overcoming Planning Barriers
Terry Sheridan, Dept. of Housing, Planning Community and Local Government, Orla Hegarty, UCD School of Architecture, Planning and Environmental Policy, John O’Hara, City Planner and Head of Land Use Policy at Dublin City Council
12:30
Lunch
1:30
Panel Session 3: Practice and Learning
Brian Friel, National Director of Services, Peter McVerry Trust, Dr Hilde Remoy, Built Environment, University of Delft (Netherlands), David Gibbens, Policy Lead at the Empty Homes Network (UK), Paul Johnston, Senior Resident Engineer, Waterford City and County Council
3pm
Conference Ends