RTÉ News has confirmed that its Washington Correspondent, Charlie Bird, is set to leave his position and return to Ireland to his previous post of Chief News Correspondent.

Bird took up the position over a year ago when the previous correspondent, Robert Shortt, finished his four year stint in the role.

Bird has featured on television screens for the past two Monday nights in a documentary which followed his first year in the job.

Last night’s 'Charlie Bird’s American Year' featured Bird looking at how the economic downturn has affected America.

RTÉ News has confirmed that a new Washington correspondent will be chosen through the normal process of internal competition.

If you missed it you can catch up on Charlie Bird's American Year here.