Clare Public Participation Network Event Notice:


By Dr Rory Hearne

 What: Housing Matters – Clare Public Participation Network to host workshop on Housing.

When: November 3rd 2016 7.00 PM

Where: McGuire Suite, The Old Ground Hotel, Ennis

Contact: Sarah Clancy, Clare PPN Coordinator on / 087 161 7375

Ireland is in the midst of a housing crisis, rents have spiralled, thousands are homeless and yet there are over a quarter of a million houses empty in the country. If this is something that concerns you Clare Public Participation Network would like to invite you to its next event:  ‘Housing Matters- A workshop on housing policy from Dr Rory Hearne’

We are very lucky to have Dr Rory Hearne who is an academic, author and policy expert in housing coming to deliver the session. Dr Hearne has been at the forefront of researching and advocating a human rights and equality based approach to addressing the housing crisis. He also worked for many years as a community worker and policy advisor on the urban regeneration and human rights project in Dolphin House in Dublin’s inner city.

The whole event will be practical, friendly and informal. It will be chaired by Clare PPN member Mary O’Donoghue, who for her day job is the Coordinator of the West Clare Family Resource Centre. It will aim to make sure that people who are working or who want to work towards fair, sustainable and rights-based housing policies in the county get to meet and to engage with each other around the issues and have a chance to become more informed.

Clare PPN has elected community representatives on Clare County Council’s Housing and Planning Committee and on the Local Community Development Committee and these representatives will be attending the workshop hoping to identify the main issues of concern in the county so that they can raise them on the bodies they sit on.

This event is open to the general public and so everyone is welcome to attend- housing policy affects everyone so please feel certain that you are welcome.


Dr Hearne’s academic, media and policy analysis of housing in Ireland include:

How the Government Should Tackle the Housing Crisis, The Irish Times, May 11th, 2016

The State Must Intervene in the Housing Market, The Irish Times, October 22nd, 2015

Nama is Fuelling High Rents by Pandering to Investors, Irish Times, November 28th, 2014

Hearne, R. & Boyle, M. (2016) Achieving a right to the city in practice: community development and human rights approaches in Dublin’s inner city communities, NIRSA Working Paper No. 79, NIRSA Maynooth

Kitchin, R., Hearne, R., & O’ Callaghan, C. (2015) Housing in Ireland: From Crisis to Crisis, NIRSA Working Paper No. 77, NIRSA Maynooth

Hearne, R. & Kenna, P. (2014) ‘Using the Human Rights Based Approach to tackle housing deprivation in an Irish urban housing estate’, Journal of Human Rights Practice, Vol 6, Issue 1, March 2014, pp 1-25

Hearne, R. & Kenna, P. (2015) Collective Complaint Against Ireland for Sub-Standard Housing Issues on Local Authority Estates, NUI Galway, Council of Europe European Committee of Social Rights

Hearne, R (2014) The importance of standards and community: Tenants experience of social housing in Ireland, in Sirr, L. (ed.) Public and Private Renting in Ireland, Dublin: Institute of Public Administration

Hearne, R. & Redmond, D. (2014) The collapse of PPPs: prospects for social housing regeneration after the crash, in MacLaran, A. & Kelly, S. (eds.) Neoliberal Urban Policy and the Transformation of the City, Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan

Hearne, R., Kitchin, R. & O’ Callaghan, C. (2014) Spatial justice and housing in Ireland, in Kearns, G. et al. Spatial Justice and the Irish Crisis, Dublin: Royal Irish Academy

Redmond, D. & Hearne, R. (2013) Starting afresh: Housing Associations, stock transfer and regeneration, Dublin: Cluid Housing Association

Hearne, R. (2011) Public Private Partnerships in Ireland: failed experiment or the way forward? Manchester University Press

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