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Lunch Bites @ The IoD - Dr Aideen Hayden - The cost of failing to tackle the housing crisis, why it matters - 27th September 2018

We are pleased to announce that Dr Aideen Hayden, Chair of Threshold National Housing Charity, will address 'The cost of failing to tackle the housing crisis, why it matters' at the third event in the Lunch Bites @ The IoD Series 2018.

Housing in Ireland has become a key issue, to the point where it is undermining the fabric of our society. The numbers who are homeless or at risk of losing their homes continues to rise. Supply does not meet demand and the cost of housing continue to escalate, presenting an increasing bottleneck to the growth of inward investment and employment. The level of homeownership has fallen significantly and many middle income families are trapped renting. Every sector is warning of the damage that this will cause, from the voluntary sector, trade unions and business to international fora. Aideen will set out some of the key issues in this debate and propose some measures that could challenge the current trajectory. 

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This event takes place on Thursday, 27th September, at 12.45pm in the National Concert Hall, Dublin 2.

Registration and sandwiches at 12.45pm sharp with discussion and Q&A from 1.00pm-1.50pm.

If there is a question you would like to ask in advance, please let us know by emailing Elizabeth O'Sullivan or feel free to raise your questions or comments on the day. Places will be allocated on a first come, first served basis.

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27 Sep
Dr Aideen Hayden , Chair of Threshold National Housing Charity
12:45 - 13:50 (Registration & Sandwiches - followed by Discussion / Q&A)
Free of charge, IoD members only
Carolan Room, The National Concert Hall, Earlsfort Terrace, Dublin 2
First Names Group
Places Available

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Dr Aideen Hayden

Chair of Threshold National Housing Charity

Aideen has worked in the field of housing for the last three decades. Best known for her work as chair of the national housing charity, Threshold, the leading advice and advocacy organisation working on behalf of tenants in the private rented sector. Her key achievements in this role include leading the successful campaign to improve security of tenure for tenants in Ireland, improve standards for renters, limit rent increases and the establishment of the Tenancy Protection Service, a service led by Threshold to prevent homelessness nationally. This service has prevented over 10,000 people from experiencing homelessness since June 2014.

Aideen was appointed by an Taoiseach to the Seanad in 2011, in recognition of her work and advocacy on housing and social justice issues. During her time in office as a Senator, Aideen was appointed vice chair of the Oireachtas Committee on Finance, Public Expenditure and Reform, was deputy government whip in the Seanad and worked closely with the then Minister for the Environment on housing matters. She has been one of the leading experts on housing in Ireland, and has coordinated on behalf of the European Network of Housing Research its working group on private rented housing.

Aideen, who also holds a PhD from UCD, continues to build on her track record of seeking solutions to the housing crisis and on mitigating difficulties experienced by vulnerable groups in Irish society today. 

In her most recent publication with Professor Michelle Norris of UCD, The Future of Council Housing: An analysis of the financial sustainability of local authority provided social housing she recommends a suspension of tenant purchase schemes and other measures to ensure a more viable social housing sector.

Aideen is also a member of the boards of the Housing Finance Agency, the Property Services Regulatory Authority and Daisyhouse Housing Association. She is a qualified solicitor and among her other legal experience has worked on delivering many significant commercial contracts and projects.


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