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Connor Breen's 3 wishes

Conor Breen is the Policy Officer – Research Translation at CARDI. He graduated in law from University College Dublin and has previously worked for the Education Directorate at the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development in Paris. He then moved to London to manage the research function at PR agency The Communication Group and also worked as Senior Researcher at the National Association of Pension Funds. Below he gives his 3 housing wishes.

1. Understand  and cater for the demands of older people

It is important that the voice of older people is heard when it comes to planning housing for the future. From housing adaptations and new technologies in housing for those living at home to specialised choices for people requiring more intensive care, adequate choice will be crucial in the future.

2. Raise the profile of housing for an ageing population as a key policy issue

Housing and the built environment can act as a barrier or enabler for independent living and healthy ageing. We need wider discussion at both community and policy level on the requirements for our changing demography.

3. Promoting housing as significant public health  issue

Given that housing has such an important role to play in health and well-being, it should be a high-priority public health issue.

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This article was written on 27 February 2014. It should not be relied on as a statement of the current law or policy position. For help with housing issues please contact our helpline on 028 9024 5640 or use our online chat service at www.housingadviceNI.org.