Obama names new Ambassador to Ireland

Kevin O’Malley has been named as the new Ambassador to Ireland from the United States.

O'Malley's nomination was confirmed today in a formal statement by The White House, following media reports early this morning of the impending appointment.

Kevin F. O'Malley has been a lawyer for more than 35 years in Missouri, and a law professor at both Washington University and St Louis University.

He also served as an Assistant US Attorney and a Special Attorney in Organized Crime and Racketeering in the late 1970s and early 1980s.

O'Malley's appointment follows an 18-month gap in which the United States had no ambassador to Ireland, following the resignation of Dan Rooney in 2012.

Speaking about O'Malley's appointment - alongside two others to the Defense Nuclear Facilities Safety Board - President Obama said: "I am proud to nominate such impressive men and women to these important roles, and I am grateful they have agreed to lend their considerable talents to this Administration.

"I look forward to working with them in the months and years ahead."

By Dave Molloy

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