The Government has appointed Mary Finan as Chairperson of the RTÉ Authority.

Ms Finan succeeds Fintan Drury, who resigned last month because of a potential conflict of interest regarding the television rights to the Ryder Cup.

Minister for Communications, Marine and Natural Resources Noel Dempsey said: 'Mary Finan will bring with her a wealth of experience in business generally and communications in particular.'

'She is a very successful business person and is involved in many worthy organisations on a voluntary basis. I would like to wish her well in her new role,' he said.

Ms Finan is Chairman of Wilson Hartnell Public Relations Limited.

A native of Roscommon, she was educated at UCD and at Harvard Business School.

She is also Chairman of the Economic and Social Research Institute.