A confirmation hearing will be held next week for Edward Crawford, the man nominated by President Donald Trump to be the next US Ambassador to Ireland.
The Ohio businessman is due to appear before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee on Thursday, 11 April.
If his nomination is approved by the committee his name will then go to the floor of the US Senate for a further vote.
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.