The Policing Authority has said that Judith Gillespie will remain a member following her appointment in Northern Ireland as head of a group looking into allegations of historical abuse.

The former PSNI Deputy Chief Constable has been appointed as the independent chair of the group set up by the Stormont Executive to examine Magdalene laundries, mother and baby homes and clerical child abuse.

These were not covered by the North's Historical Institutional Abuse inquiry, completed in 2017.

Ms Gillespie retired from the PSNI in 2014 after 32 years as an officer and has been a member of the Policing Authority since its establishment four years ago.

It  was established as an independent statutory body on 1 January 2016 to oversee the performance of the Garda Síochána in relation to policing services in Ireland.