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Aideen Hayden

For almost three decades, Aideen has served as Chair of 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 campaign to improve security of tenure for tenants in Ireland which ultimately resulted in the introduction or the Residential Tenancies Act 2004 and lead role in the establishment of the Tenancy Protection Service, a partnership with the four Dublin Local Authorities and the Department of Social Protection to prevent homelessness in the region. 


Today Dr Hayden, who also holds a PhD from UCD, continues to build on her track record on seeking solutions to the housing crisis and on mitigating difficulties experienced by vulnerable groups in Irish society today – the homeless and tenants in private rented accommodation.

Now is not the time to restrict supports for renters

Posted on March 28, 2021 by Aideen Hayden

Aideen Hayden

The moratorium on evictions was first introduced in March 2020 as an emergency public health measure to restrict movement during the Covid-19 pandemic and ensure that renters could remain in their homes. Since then, the effectiveness of restricting the grounds for terminations has been obvious, with reductions of 44% in family homelessness and 40% in child homelessness between February 2020 and February 2021. Residential Tenancies Bill A new Residential Tenancies Bill is moving through the …

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Sentiment among those living in private rented sector is bleak

Posted on November 14, 2020 by Aideen Hayden

Aideen Hayden

The findings of Threshold’s latest Tenant Sentiment Survey paint a grim picture of people's experiences of renting in Ireland. Threshold surveyed over 150 tenants to assess their sentiment and outlook on the private rented sector. The reality is that while one in four people rent in Ireland today, very few of them want to rent – only 15% – and most want to own their own home or get secure social housing. This means that people are not renting by choice, but because they either cannot …

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