Tuesday 21 November 2017

'I was hospitalised several times' - New Asthma Society chief Averil Power describes frightening attacks

Niall O'Connor

Niall O'Connor

Former Senator Averil Power has been appointed the new CEO of the Asthma Society of Ireland.

Ms Power, a former government adviser and President of Trinity College Dublin Students Union, has a degree in Business, including non-profit management, from Trinity College Dublin and a Diploma in Law from the Kings Inns.

Ms Power, who quit Fianna Fáil in protest over its role in the Marriage Equality referendum, will take up the role with immediate effect.

"I am honoured to be joining the dynamic and committed team at the Asthma Society," she said. "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.

"The Asthma Society is working hard to change this through its health promotion, advocacy and research programmes and its Adviceline. I look forward to working with the ASI team to strengthen these programmes and ensure everyone with asthma can live full lives, symptom-free.”

Ms Power is widely respected within political circles.

Announcing the appointment, Asthma Society Chairman Oliver Carroll said: “Averil is a respected advocate and award-winning campaigner. She has 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. I look forward to working with her to secure better services for people with asthma."

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