Threshold, the national housing organisation, has welcomed the appointment of its Chairperson, Aideen Hayden, to Seanad Éireann.
Ms. Hayden, who was announced today (20.05.11) as one of the Taoiseach’s nominees to the Upper House, has served as Chairperson of Threshold since 1998.
Commenting on her appointment, Bob Jordan, Director of Threshold, said: “The appointment of Aideen Hayden to the Seanad is very welcome news, not just for Threshold but – I believe – for people concerned with social policy and social justice.
“In all of her work with Threshold, Aideen has been extremely insightful and thoughtful in developing responses to Ireland’s housing problems. She has been a key influencer in progressive policy changes, including establishing a framework for the private rented sector which offers tenants greater security of tenure; enhanced accommodation standards and affordable access to redress. She has also contributed to policy developments which help clarify rights and responsibilities of both landlords and tenants.”
“As the impact of the recession becomes more severe – particularly for the most disadvantaged groups in society – it is vital that our parliament includes voices that can articulate the severity of the problems we face, as well as propose meaningful solutions.”
Threshold was founded by Fr. Donal O’Mahony in 1978 as a peace and justice project, focusing specifically on housing and homelessness.
“Today’s appointment of Threshold’s Chairperson to the Seanad is a huge tribute to the organisation and to the legacy of Fr. O’Mahony, who died last August,” said Bob Jordan.