Averil Power appointed chief executive of Asthma Society
Former Fianna Fáil senator says she was hospitalised several times with condition
Ms Power, who has asthma herself, ran unsuccessfully for a Dáil seat in the Dublin Bay North constituency at the general election earlier this year.
Announcing the appointment, the society described Ms Power as a respected advocate and award-winning campaigner with a proven ability to influence public policy and secure social change.
“She also has a strong understanding of the charity sector and a deep personal commitment to the work of the Asthma Society,” said chairman Oliver Carroll.
Ms Power said she was honoured to be joining a “dynamic and committed team” at the society. “As an asthmatic myself, I know how important the society’s work is. I was hospitalised several times as a student due to ineffective management of my condition and the prohibitively high cost of preventative medication.”
“While I now have my asthma under control, I remember how frightening those attacks were and I think it is shocking that over fifty people die every year in Ireland from preventable asthma attacks.”
Ms Power is a former president of Trinity College Dublin Students’ Union and was a Fianna Fáil senator between 2011 and 2015. She became an independent senator, citing differences over the handling of the same-sex marriage referendum as her reason for leaving the party.