Appointment of Veterans Commissioner for Northern Ireland
The Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, the Right Honourable Brandon Lewis MP, announced yesterday the appointment of Danny Kinahan as the first Veterans Commissioner for Northern Ireland.
Veterans Commissioner for Northern Ireland
The New Decade, New Approach agreement to restore the Northern Ireland Executive included a UK Government commitment to appoint a Northern Ireland Veterans Commissioner to act as an independent point of contact to support and enhance outcomes for veterans in Northern Ireland. Terms of appointment
The appointment will be for a period of three years, ending on 31 August 2023.
Danny Kinahan is a former Army officer, who served as a captain with the Blues and Royals Regiment, as Ulster Unionist Party MP for South Antrim from 7 May 2015 – 3 May 2017. He was a member of the Legislative Assembly (MLA) for six years prior to serving as an MP. He is also the coordinator and co-creator of the Westminster Northern Ireland Veterans’ Support Group and is Deputy Lieutenant for County Antrim.
There are an estimated 150,000 ex-service personnel of the British forces in Northern Ireland.