We are a co-operative of co-operatives. We are currently working with 14 affiliated societies in Dublin, Leinster, Ulster, Munster, and Connacht. Our local structure means that housing services are always locally owned and locally managed.

Co-operative Housing Ireland is an Approved Housing Body (AHB) and works closely with various stakeholders in the housing sector, including Local Authorities, Government, aspiring home owners, tenants and developers, to provide high quality social-rented and home ownership co-operative homes across the country. Since its foundation in 1973, the organisation has provided over 6,000 homes through home-ownership, shared ownership and social rented co-operatives. With its membership of democratically controlled local co-operatives, Co-operative Housing Ireland manages more than 3,000 homes across Ireland as well as providing a network of childcare services in their communities.

As one of the leading national voices for co-operation in Ireland, we collaborate with other co-operative organisations to promote our model. We are members of the Community and Voluntary Pillar and participate in numerous forums on housing and social policy. Internationally, we are members of Housing Europe and the International Co-operative Alliance, including its sector groups; Cooperatives Europe and Co-operative Housing International.

Co-operative Housing Ireland is an Approved Housing Body, under section 6 of the Housing (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 1992. It is accountable to the Voluntary Regulation Code for Approved Housing Bodies and is regulated as a Tier 3 (larger) Approved Housing Body. The Society is a registered charity and has signed the Governance Code for voluntary and charitable organisations.

  • Co-operative housing in Ireland dates back to the 1950s. These first co-ops were local, self-help, home-ownership building co-operatives.

  • During the 1960s and 1970s, more co-operatives continued to be formed and, in 1973, NABCO (the National Association of Building Co-operatives) was set up to represent co-operative housing.

  • They provided affordable homes for their members who worked together to meet their own housing needs.

  • Starting in the 1980s, Co-operative Housing Ireland (formerly NABCO) worked with local co-operative housing societies around Ireland to help develop social-rented co-operatives.