Second annual conference on the Irish housing and mortgage market

Presenters at this event discussed research reviewing developments in the Irish housing market. The research was drawn from the ESRI/Department of Housing Joint Research Programme on housing economics.

Eoghan Murphy, TD, Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government, opened the conference.

Information about the research presented is available here and an infographic illustrating key findings from the research is available here

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Conference Programme



Registration and coffee         


Welcome address

Professor Alan Barrett (Director, ESRI)


Opening address

Eoghan Murphy (TD, Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government)

Session 1

House price sustainability and affordability in a regional context

Chair: Michael Hough (Department of Housing, Planning and Local Government)


Price sustainability in the Irish regional housing market

Kieran McQuinn (ESRI)

Professor McQuinn presented findings from one of two ESRI Research Notes launched at this event. This Research Note develops a ‘Heat Index’ for the Irish housing market, capturing the sustainability of house prices in each county.


Mature homeowners and housing: survey results

Eoin Corrigan (Department of Housing, Planning and Local Government)


A county-level view on first-time buyer housing affordability

Conor O’Toole (ESRI)

Dr O'Toole presented one of two ESRI Research Notes launched at this conference. This Research Note examines the affordability of housing for first-time buyers in Ireland at a county level.


Tea and coffee

Session 2

Chair: Martina Lawless (ESRI)


Conference address: Perspectives on the Irish housing market — the past five years

Sharon Donnery (Deputy Governor, Central Bank of Ireland)


The text of the speech is available to view here

Session 3

Chair: Conor O’Toole (ESRI)


Roundtable discussion

Participants: Maria Graham (Department of Housing, Planning and Local Government), Donall O’Shea (AIB), David Duffy (Property Industry Ireland), Dara Deering (Home Building Finance Ireland) and Justin Doran (UCC).


Conference close