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Commissioner at Antrim Area Hospital

About us

The Commissioner is an independent champion for older people, who safeguards and promotes their interests.

Eddie Lynch was appointed as Commissioner for Older People for Northern Ireland and took up his post on 13 June 2016. The inagural Commissioner Claire Keatinge completed her four year term in November 2015. The role of Commissioner for Older People was established under the Commissioner for Older People Act (Northern Ireland) 2011 which was enacted by the Northern Ireland Assembly on 25 January 2011.

The role of Commissioner for Older People was established under the Commissioner for Older People Act (Northern Ireland) 2011 which was enacted by the Northern Ireland Assembly on 25 January 2011. The full legislation can be found here.

The Commissioner's office (COPNI) is set up as a non-departmental public body. Both the Commissioner and his office are sponsored by the Department for Communities but are operationally independent.

What does the Commissioner do to help older people?

The Commissioner's main aim is to safeguard and promote the interests of older people, which legislation states includes those aged 60 and over, and in exceptional circumstances those aged 50 or over.

The Commissioner has a range of legal duties and powers which can be viewed here

A short guide to the work of the Commissioner for Older People for Northern Ireland can be downloaded here.

To read more about the work of the Commissioner's office please click here.

Who we are

Eddie Lynch, Commissioner for Older People for Northern Ireland, Evelyn Hoy, Chief Executive and Emer Boyle, Head of Legal and Policy Advice make up our senior management team.

Meet the Team
Emer Boyle (1) Evelyn Hoy Eddie Lynch