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In this short podcast series we're showcasing talks that took place in April 2019 in Dublin under The Vienna Model: Housing for the 21st Century, an event with exhibition and seminars co sponsored by Dublin City Council and The Housing Agency. In this podcast, the second in the series, you can hear Irish voices exploring how we create affordable housing in Ireland. You hear Jim Baneham, of the Housing Agency, describing what the cost rental model is and how it can work, as well as the first pilot using this model.

In 'cost rental' homes, often apartments are provided at cost not profit in a public housing initiative with tenants paying rent which will cover the cost and maintenance of the property. Since Jim Baneham talks of the critical importance of land you then hear John Coleman from the new agency, the Land Development Agency (LDA)exploring the role of the LDA and how it is seeking to ensuring public land is used to achieved quality housing. Professor Michelle Norris, a social scientist from UCD who is an expert in housing policy and in particularly social housing, then shared her comparative research between Ireland and Austria so we have a better understanding of how both systems work and what we, in Ireland, can learn from Austria. Professor Norris is Head of School, School of Social Policy, Social Work and Social Justice at UCD. Check out a recent publication : Byrne M, Norris M. (2019) Housing market financialisation, neoliberalism and everyday retrenchment of social housing, Environment and Planning A,

Here's a piece from January 2019 on the affordable housing scheme that Jim Baneham is referencing on Enniskerry Road…yford-1.3778016

Pictured are: Prof Michelle Norris, UCD, Dr Rory O'Donnell, Director BESC, John Coleman, CEO, Land Development Agency, Ailish Comford, Fair Rent Homes, Jim Baneham, Housing Agency and David Silke - image credit Arthur Carron Photography

And the music you hear in the podcast is by Michael Gallen.
For more about this short series The Vienna Model : Housing for the 21st Century go to and for our main podcast channel visit
The producer/presenter of this series is Helen Shaw, the audio editor is John Howard.

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