RTÉ's Rónán Ó Domhnaill has been nominated by the Government to succeed Seán Ó Cuirreáin as An Coimisinéir Teanga.

Mr Ó Domhnaill has been political correspondent with Nuacht RTÉ/TG4 for the past seven years and has also presented The Week in Politics.

Minister of State Dinny McGinley said: "I'm delighted that Mr Ó Domhnaill has accepted the nomination to the position as the new Coimisinéir Teanga.

"He is held in high esteem by the Irish language and Gaeltacht communities in his capacity as a political correspondent and I am certain that his experience will greatly benefit him as An Coimisinéir Teanga."

The appointment still has to be passed by the Dáil and the Seanad and will need confirmation from President Michael D Higgins.

Mr Ó Cuirreáin announced his resignation in December over concerns about the lack of progress in ensuring that Irish speakers can deal with the State in Irish.

He was the first person to be appointed to the position in February 2004.

His resignation comes into effect on 23 February 2014.