Commissioner Eddie posing with a COPNI document

Who we are

The Commissioner for Older People (COPNI) was set up in 2011 after older people in Northern Ireland lobbied for an independent champion – someone who would advocate on their behalf and ensure their interests are being protected and heard across government.  

The Commissioner acts independently of the Northern Ireland government to protect the rights of older people.

The Commissioner's priorities

Commissioner Eddie poses outside the COPNI office

Who is the Commissioner?

Eddie Lynch has been the Commissioner for Older People for Northern Ireland since June 2016. 

Before that, the Commissioner was Claire Keatinge. 

Learn more about the Commissioner