Brendan O'Connor has been announced as the new presenter for RTÉ Radio 1's weekend mid-morning programme, following the death of Marian Finucane last January. 

Starting in mid-March, O'Connor will present a two-hour programme on RTÉ Radio 1 from 11.00am to 1.00pm on Saturdays and Sundays. 

Journalist O'Connor had been a stand-in on the slot for the late Finucane while she was on leave and more recently, stepped in to present her programme after she passed away.

The show is a mix of feature interviews, reflection and discussion on the issues making the news, including politics, travel, entertainment and current affairs. 

Speaking about the appointment, O'Connor said: "After 15 years working in the Sunday Independent, I'm delighted to be joining the weekends on RTÉ Radio 1.

"The weekend is a time to pause, take a breath and review the week, and it's also a time when people like a different, more reflective kind of radio, maybe even a bit of fun."

He added: "Marian's legacy will inspire us to continue to explore, challenge and debate the issues that truly matter to Irish people.

"I'm looking forward to developing an informative, sparky, original and unpredictable show. I want this to be robust and enjoyable radio, always questioning and always seeking insight."

Head of RTÉ Radio 1 Tom McGuire said: "The death of Marian Finucane has created a void in Radio 1 that cannot be filled. Radio 1 has taken time to reflect on the weekend schedule and I'm really pleased that Brendan O'Connor is joining us from The Sunday Independent to present the weekend mid-morning show.

"Brendan is a talented broadcaster who will bring his own special skills to the role and I'm sure the large audience will welcome the new programme we will present at this time."

O'Connor will also continue to work with RTÉ television, with details announced at a further date.