New National Disability Authority Director confirmed

The National Disability Authority (NDA) is delighted to announce the appointment of its new Director, Dr Aideen Hartney, who took up her post in July 2020.

Dr Hartney joined the NDA in 2016 as the Head of Policy, Research and Public Affairs. She previously held senior management roles in University College Dublin, and as a market researcher in the private sector. She holds a PhD in Ancient History from the University of Liverpool. She was appointed as Director following an open and competitive recruitment process.

Chairperson of the Authority, Ms Helen Guinan, said “I am delighted to welcome Aideen as the new Director of the NDA. She has been at the forefront of much of the NDA’s significant work over the past four years. I know that she will continue NDA’s determination to inform and guide the development of policy and practice, across all areas of its remit, which will maintain our efforts to improve the lives of persons with disabilities in Ireland.”

Dr Hartney stated, “I am proud and honoured by the confidence shown in me by the Authority in appointing me to this role. I believe passionately in the importance of the work of the organisation, providing independent, evidence-informed advice directly to Government on matters relevant to disability, and promoting Universal Design. I am looking forward to leading the organisation into the future, and to ensuring that our advice and guidance is underpinned by high quality research and evaluation, as well as informed by the experiences of persons with disabilities themselves. I am fortunate in the dedicated colleagues within the NDA, whose hard work and expertise is vital in enabling us to deliver our statutory functions. I look forward to continuing to advise Ministers and officials within the new departmental structures currently being established.”