Former senator Power named new CEO of the Asthma Society
Published 12/08/2016 | 02:30
Former senator Averil Power has been appointed as the new chief executive of the Asthma Society.
Ms Power, who quit Fianna Fáil in protest over its role in the Marriage Equality referendum, takes up the role with immediate effect.
The Asthma Society of Ireland is the national charity representing more than 470,000 adults and children with asthma.
Announcing the appointment, the charity described Ms Power as an award-winning campaigner.
"Averil is a respected advocate and award-winning campaigner. She has a proven ability to influence public policy and secure social change," said its chairman Oliver Carroll.
"She also has a strong understanding of the charity sector and a deep personal commitment to the work of the Asthma Society.
"I look forward to working with her to secure better services for people with asthma."
Ms Power narrowly missed out on a Dáil seat in the General Election.
She suffers from asthma herself.
Ms Power said she was "honoured" to take up the role.
"As an asthmatic myself, I know how important the society's work is," she said.
"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 50 people die every year in Ireland from preventable asthma attacks.
"The Asthma Society is working hard to change this through its health promotion, advocacy and research programmes and its advice line."