Archdeacon Leslie Stevenson has been elected the new Church of Ireland Bishop of Meath and Kildare.

The 53-year-old is currently the Rector of Portarlington, Co Laois, and has served in the diocese for over 13 years.

He was appointed its Archdeacon in 2009.

His election was announced following a half-day meeting in Dublin's Christ Church Cathedral of an electoral college.

The college is comprised of bishops, representatives of clergy and laypeople from the diocese and throughout the country.

Archdeacon Stevenson is from Belfast and is married to Ruth who is a pharmacist. They have one daughter.

Following approval by the Church's House of Bishops, he will be consecrated to succeed Archbishop Richard Clarke, who was enthroned last month as the Archbishop of Armagh and Primate of Ireland.