Minister O’Brien announces establishment of Approved Housing Bodies Regulatory Authority and appointment of Board Members
The Minister for Housing, Local Government & Heritage, Darragh O’Brien TD, has today (22 February 2021) announced nine appointments to the board of the newly established Approved Housing Bodies Regulatory Authority, following a process conducted by the Public Appointments Service.
Commenting Minister O’Brien said, “I am delighted to establish the Regulator and appoint its first members. This is a significant development for the Approved Housing Body sector. This new body - The Approved Housing Bodies Regulatory Authority - will be an important element in support of our ambitious housing agenda – “Housing for All.”
“Approved Housing Bodies play a crucial role across the housing spectrum; delivering much needed social homes, helping families and individuals to exit homelessness and supporting people to live independently in their own homes.
“The Regulator will oversee the effective governance, financial management and performance of all voluntary and co-operative housing bodies, thereby instilling further confidence in the sector,” he said.
The Regulator will have responsibility for, inter alia, establishing and maintaining a register of Approved Housing Bodies (AHBs); preparing standards by which AHBs will be monitored and assessed; encouraging and facilitating the better governance, administration and management, including corporate governance and financial management, of AHBs. The Regulator will also have powers to carry out investigations and cancel the registration of AHBs.