Muireann O'Connell has been confirmed as the new host of the lunchtime slot on Today FM, which was previously hosted by Al Porter.

O'Connell was enlisted to temporarily fill in the slot in November of last year after comedian Porter resigned in the wake of allegations of inappropriate behaviour.

Today FM announced on Wednesday that O'Connell would be the new lunchtime presenter on the station, hosting a "brand new and exciting" show from January 22. 

The new show will run from 12pm to 2.00pm and will debut on Monday, January 22, while Fergal D'Arcy will extend his afternoon show by half an hour with a new show time of 2.00pm to 4.30pm.

Limerick native, O’Connell started her broadcasting career on Limerick’s Live 95, before moving to Spin South West in 2007.

In 2001, she joined now defunct alternative music station Phantom FM and in 2012, moved to 98FM where she produced and presented a late night talk show. O’Connell joined Today FM in 2016, where she has presented Saturday Hits every week.

Speaking about her new show, Muireann said: "I have loved Today FM for as long as I remember and the idea of ever getting to work here was something I never imagined would happen. I love this place and everyone who works here and I can’t wait to get stuck in."

Today FM said in a statement: "Muireann’s new progamme will be a two-hour music and listener driven show promising engaging and entertaining content delivered in her own inimitable way."

O'Connell also co-hosts The Six O'Clock Show with Martin King on TV3.