Posted on Thursday 15 September 2011 by Shelter NI
Shelter NI decided to celebrate its 30th anniversary and at the same time honour a pivotal figure within the history of the organisation. The inaugural LT. Col. C.G.H Barney Filor MBE, ERD Legacy Award Event at the Lagan Legacy Museum, on the Barge named ‘Confiance’ on the 30th November 2011. Shelter NI planned the event to coincide with NI Homeless Awareness week to commemorate Barney Filor's progressive and sustained cross-community campaigning approach to raising issues and standards within the NI Housing sphere.
The event was hosted by the Shelter NI Chairman Ray Cashell, himself a founding member of the organisation and lifelong friend to Barney Filor, who was able to enlighten the esteemed gathered audience from within the greater NI housing arena through a heartfelt eulogy that encompassed the passion that Barney Filor had for housing in NI. Shelter NI was delighted that this event was agreed to and attended by representatives of the Filor family through his son Seamus and Barney's wife Sarah, who were each presented with commemorative framed photos of Barney discovered from within the Shelter NI archives by the Chairman.
The event included a key guest speaker in the form of Dr Padraic Kenna, NUI Galway, who boasts extensive experience in housing law and policy issues both in Ireland and the UK. He presented an engaging open discussion on Contemporary Housing and Housing Law Developments and Issues in the Republic of Ireland that highlighted the need for this type of debate to be encouraged within NI, with Dr Kenna stating that "We need also look at housing not just as a materialisation of identity, but as something which optimizes the possibilities for human interaction, personal, social and community development." The event was widely regarded as a significant success that has helped reinvigorate debate over housing issues and the presence of Shelter NI in the campaign for them.