As the national representative body for the co-operative housing movement, Co-operative Housing Ireland works across a variety of areas and in a number of different locations in Ireland. We are dedicated to the continuous improvement of our systems and to contributing to the development of national housing policy. In the development of our policies, we actively seek out input, feedback and suggestions from stakeholders, members and staff, informed by our Values, Vision and Mission as an organisation.


Co-operatives are based on the values of self-help, self-responsibility, democracy, equality, equity and solidarity. Co-op members believe in the ethical values of honesty, openness, social responsibility and caring for others.


Our vision is of an Ireland where everyone has the option to participate fully in their own and the wider community's social, economic, and environmental development through co-operation.



Our mission is to lead the development of social, economic, and environmental sustainability in Ireland through co-operative effort and the provision of co-operative housing in particular.


Member Policies

Our Member Policies are updated on a regular basis. As we are currently in a review process this section will be updated in due course.


Position Papers

Our Policy Relationships

International Co-operative Alliance:

global alliance of co-operative representative bodies, responsible for maintaining the statement on co-operative identity. CHI is Ireland’s only member.

Cooperatives Europe

A regional grouping of the European members of the ICA from across all sectors.

Co-operative Housing International 

The global sector group of the ICA

Housing Europe 

European Federation of Public, Voluntary and Co-operative Housing Federations.


Society for Co-operative Studies in Ireland
A grouping of co-op businesses and academics that delivers an annual conference.

Co-operative Alliance Ireland
A grouping of CHI, ICOS (Irish Co-operative Organisation Society), ILCU (Irish League of Credit Unions).

Housing Alliance
A group bringing together six of the largest AHBs in Ireland CHI, Cluid, Respond, Oaklee, Tuath, Circle.

Better Europe Alliance
A grouping of community, environmental, and trade union organisations participating in European semester process, annual meetings with European Commission representatives in Dublin.

Community & Voluntary Pillar
Part of former social partnership arrangements, group of 17 organisations. CHI is the current Secretary.

Housing Agency
A government agency set up in May 2010 to support the following organisations in their housing functions: Local Authorities, Approved Housing Bodies, Department of Housing, Planning and Local Government

Housing Finance Agency 
The state lending agency.

Pobal – funding body providing childcare supports and Scheme to Support National Organisations (SSNO).