Property Industry Ireland conference explores delivering the Cities Towns and Villages of the Future

June 15, 2022

Property Industry Ireland (PII), the Ibec group that represents the industry, has said the delivery of more sustainable cities, towns and villages will be imperative in underpinning Ireland’s future competitiveness.  

The call comes as PII hosted its first in-person conference in 3 years, bringing together leaders in the Irish property and construction industry and public policy stakeholders to address the main concerns facing housing, commercial, industrial and retail real estate in Ireland. 

Opening the Property Industry Ireland conference 2022 taking place today at Clontarf Castle Hotel, Ivan Gaine, Chair of PII, said that there are solutions to delivering Ireland’s housing needs. 

“Ireland needs to do the math about exactly how many homes are needed and the results of the census will go someway in giving us a clearer picture on what the reality is and if we have been ambitious enough. We also need to ensure that we have enough financial liquidity, both for building new communities and mortgages, to deliver on these ambitions. 

“Housing also needs to be affordable and viable. This will require Planning Reform and Design-led sustainable development, innovation & an industry that is attractive to talent. New home ownership alone won’t house our population, and we need more landlords to provide more homes to rent at affordable prices. All this needs better communities and communication, of collaboration between the public and private stakeholders, and collaboration between existing neighbourhood communities, government bodies and home builders.”