US President Donald Trump has announced his intention to nominate Ohio businessman Edward Crawford to be the next US Ambassador to Ireland.

Last month, it was reported that the Cabinet had approved Mr Crawford's nomination and the White House has officially confirmed his selection in a statement.

There has not been a US Ambassador to Ireland since January 2017.

Kevin O'Malley was the last holder of the post, but his term ended when former US president Barack Obama left office.

Mr Crawford's nomination was officially announced by the Trump administration last night.

A statement from the White House described Mr Crawford as the Chairman and CEO of The Edward Crawford Group and Park-Ohio Industries.

It also listed various achievements and awards that he has won.

His nomination will now be considered by the US Senate Foreign Relations Committee where a confirmation hearing will be held.

If approved, his name will then go to the floor of the Senate for a further vote.

The process means it could still be a few months before Mr Crawford is officially sworn in as US Ambassador to Ireland.