The process of appointing an American Ambassador to Ireland has moved to the next stage today, with the nomination of Edward Crawford now formally sent to the US Senate.

Last month, President Donald Trump announced that he had chosen the 80-year-old Irish-American businessman to fill the role.

The White House formally sent the bid to the Senate today, bringing the appointment one step closer.

Mr Crawford's 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.

It could still be a few months before Edward Crawford is officially sworn in as the US Ambassador to Ireland.

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, an Ohio businessman, has family roots in Co Cork.