November 12, 2022
As part of Ana Liffey Drug Project’s 40th anniversary celebrations – on Thursday 10th November 2022 the Lord Mayor of Dublin officially named Ana Liffey’s premises at 48 Middle Abbey Street ‘The Matthews Building’ – in honour of Eddie Matthews for his dedicated voluntary work over many years on the Board of Ana Liffey.
Opening the event Tony Duffin, CEO of Ana Liffey, thanked the Lord Mayor for joining everyone that evening to name 48 Middle Abbey Street ‘The Matthews Building’; he set the scene by explaining the services of the organisation; and commended Eddie Matthews for all the support and hard work he had done as governance level volunteer of Ana Liffey.
Echoing Tony’s sentiments, Vivian Geiran the Vice Chair of Ana Liffey’s Board – explained how the Board had unanimously agreed to the naming of the building; he thanked the Lord Mayor; and commended Eddie for his dedicated work on the Board of Ana Liffey.
At the event ,during her speech, Lord Mayor of Dublin Caroline Conroy commented:
“Eddie has been a member of Ana Liffey’s Board since 2011 and he has played a key role during that time – including acting as Chairperson. Indeed, Eddie led the Board through the years of austerity, following the global economic collapse; through the intervening years until the next global crises the ‘COVID-19 Pandemic’’. The pandemic saw Ana Liffey expand its services to support and protect people experiencing homelessness and who have complicated health issues – like addiction, mental health issues and physical health issues.”
The Lord Mayor continued,
“Being an early responder to COVID-19 required hard work across the whole team; quick decisions and calculated risks. What a time to be a voluntary Director on the board of a Charity that prides itself on getting stuck-in to such problems. During the pandemic the Board met multiple times; the Board ensured good Governance was followed – despite the obvious challenges; and the Board’s work was always led by Eddie. As a consequence of Ana Liffey’s close partnership work with the Health Service Executive, Dublin City Council, NGO’s and many others…people were protected and lives were saved!”
The event was attended by Eddie’s family, friends and colleagues. The event was a lovely celebration of Eddie’s volunteerism with Ana Liffey Drug Project!