New official Eddie Lynch to be voice of the elderly
A Lobbyist for the elderly has been appointed Commissioner for Older People in Northern Ireland.
Eddie Lynch will take up his £75,000 post as an advocate for older people in June.
The 39-year-old has experience as chief executive of Age Sector Platform and in a senior position at the Consumer Council.
First Minister Arlene Foster said: "Older people in Northern Ireland play an important role in our society and it is important they have a champion to make their voices heard.
"Eddie brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to the job, having dedicated much of his working life to championing the rights of older people."
Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness said older people should feel valued.
"It is important older people have an accessible and strong advocate who will reflect their needs and wishes, enabling them to live dignified and fulfilled lives."
Anne Watson, chairwoman of Age Sector Platform, said: "Eddie's work in the age sector over the last eight years has been second to none."