The US Senate has confirmed the appointment of a new US Ambassador to Ireland.

Last month, members of the US Senate Foreign Relations Committee voted unanimously in favour of the nomination of Edward Crawford to the role.

The next step in the confirmation process, Senate approval, took place this evening with 90 votes in favour of his nomination and four votes against.

Mr Crawford will be sworn into office at a future date and will present his credentials to President Michael D Higgins when he arrives in Ireland to take up his post.

Mr Crawford appeared before the US Senate Foreign Relations Committee in April and said he was grateful to US President Donald Trump for his nomination.

The Ohio businessman said then that that if he was confirmed, he would bring a firm commitment to the Northern Ireland peace process.

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

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

The Irish Ambassador to the US Daniel Mulhall said: "I am delighted that Ed Crawford has been confirmed by the Senate today to be the next US Ambassador to Ireland.

"Ambassador Crawford has long been a prominent and highly-regarded member of the Irish community in Cleveland.

"I know that he wants to focus on developing further the already deep two-way economic links between Ireland and the USA, an aim I fully share. I wish him the very best as he embarks on this exciting new chapter as Ambassador to Ireland."