The Minister for Housing, Local Government and Heritage, Darragh O’Brien, TD, has called for expressions of interest from members of the public to apply to be a member of the Commission on Housing, which is due to be established before the end of the year. At its meeting this morning, the Government approved the establishment of a Commission on Housing. The Commission will examine long-term housing policy, beyond 2030, and report to Government on how to build on policy changes committed to under Housing for All, the Government’s national plan on housing to 2030.
The establishment of the Commission will fulfil commitments made in the Programme for Government and in Housing for All. Minister O’Brien has already appointed John O’Connor, former Chief Executive Officer of the Housing Agency, as Chair-Designate of the Commission.
The Commission will be tasked with examining and reporting on:
Publishing the call for expressions of interest today, Minister O’Brien said: “The Government recognises the need for a long-term approach to housing policy, an enduring approach that transcends changes of government. That is why, as promised under Housing for All and the Programme for Government, I am establishing a Commission on Housing.
“The Commission will look at important issues like housing tenure, cost, quality and supply, the cost of private rental accommodation and social housing. It will be comprised of national and international experts, who will take a long-term view on how to create a sustainable housing system that will meet people’s housing needs into the future. I appeal to anyone with the relevant expertise and experience to put their name forward for consideration for this important work by December 10th.”
John O’Connor, Chair-Designate of the Commission, said: “The Commission on Housing can play a pivotal role in influencing the future shape of our housing system, in particular achieving quality, affordable homes for all. We need to build homes and communities as an integral part of a more sustainable society.”
“As Chair, I intend to work with all other Commission members in a collaborative and pragmatic way to provide solutions to how we create a sustainable housing system, delivering the homes that are needed, for the long-term. I have experience working with a range of interest groups, with a focus on finding solutions and delivering results. I look forward to working with those appointed once the Commission is established.”
Minister O’Brien is due to formally establish the Commission after the expressions of interest process is completed in December. It will have up to 12 members: