Former Minister of State Barry Andrews has been appointed as the new CEO of aid agency GOAL.

In July, former CEO John O'Shea announced he would retire from the post he held since he founded the organisation in 1977.

The move followed the settlement of a High Court action aimed at restraining the GOAL board from taking any steps to suspend or remove him from his position.

Mr Andrews, a former Fianna Fáil TD, practiced as a barrister for five years.

In 2002, he was elected to Dáil Éireann before being appointed Minister for Children in 2008.