Aideen Hayden

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Aideen Hayden
In office
May 2011 – April 2016
Constituency Nominated by the Taoiseach
Personal details
Born 1959
County Carlow, Ireland
Nationality Irish
Political party Labour Party
Spouse(s) Chris O'Malley
Children 2
Alma mater University College Dublin

Dr Aideen Hayden (born 1959) is an Irish solicitor, chairperson of the Threshold housing agency and Labour Party politician.[1]

From County Carlow, Hayden is a graduate of University College Dublin.[2]

She unsuccessfully contest the 2011 Seanad election for the Industrial and Commercial Panel.[3] In May 2011, she was nominated by the Taoiseach Enda Kenny to the 24th Seanad.[4][5] She is the Labour Party Seanad spokesperson on Housing, Children and Youth Affairs.

In 2016, she filed to run for the NUI Panel for the Seanad as an Independent.


Aideen Hayden was born in Co Carlow. She moved to Dublin and attended St Joseph of Cluny Secondary School. Hayden did a Bachelors of Economics and History in University College Dublin.[6]

Hayden qualified as a solicitor and practiced 1989-2008.[6]

She became Chair of Threshold in 1999. She was also a Board Member of the Private Residential Tenancies Board 2004-2011. She resigned her Board membership when she was appointed to the Seanad.

Hayden received a PhD in Housing Policy from University College Dublin in 2014.

Role of Senator[edit]

Hayden was appointed to the Seanad by Taoiseach Enda Kenny. She joined the Labour group in the Seanad. She later replaced Susan O'Keefe as Labour Whip.

She has held positions as Spokesperson on Housing, Children and Youth Affairs and Spokesperson Housing, Spokesperson on Finance and Spokesperson on European Affairs.[7]

Hayden introduced a private member's motion to establish schemes for distressed mortgage holders which received cross-party support.[8]

Hayden was Vice-Chair of the Joint Oireachtas Committee on Finance, Public Expenditure and Reform.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Ms. Aideen Hayden". Oireachtas Members Database. Retrieved 29 May 2011. 
  2. ^ "Aideen Hayden". Labour Party. Archived from the original on 5 June 2011. Retrieved 29 May 2011. 
  3. ^ Collins, Stephen (2011). Nealon's Guide to the 31st Dáil and 24th Seanad. Dublin: Gill & Macmillan. p. 2011. ISBN 9780717150595. 
  4. ^ Edwards, Elaine (20 May 2011). "McAleese appointed to Seanad". The Irish Times. 
  5. ^ "Aideen Hayden". Retrieved 20 November 2011. 
  6. ^ a b Member of Seanad Eireann; Charity, Threshold-National Housing; Private Residential Tenancies Board (PRTB); Solicitors, O'Brien Ronayne; Dublin, University College; Website, Personal. "Aideen Hayden | LinkedIn". Retrieved 2016-03-16. 
  7. ^ "About". Senator Aideen Hayden. Archived from the original on 2016-03-17. Retrieved 2016-03-16. 
  8. ^ "Housing Market: Motion: 22 Jun 2011: Seanad debates (". Retrieved 2016-03-16.