The Vatican has announced the name of its new envoy to Ireland.
The Holy See has confirmed that Irish-American Monsignor Charles Brown, 52, is to be the new papal nuncio.
Ireland's last envoy from the Vatican left the country after questions were raised over the Catholic hierarchy's handling of child sex abuse scandals which rocked the church.
Msgr Brown has worked with the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, which was headed by the then Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger, since 1994.
He was ordained a priest in 1989 in St Patrick's Cathedral, New York and was based at St Brendan's parish in the Bronx until 1991.
He was appointed Assistant Secretary of the International Theological Commission in September 2009.
Tanaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs Eamon Gilmore welcomed the appointment of Msgr Brown.
He said the Government would continue what he called its "active engagement with the Vatican through the appointment of a senior Dublin-based diplomat as non-residential ambassador".
Mr Gilmore added that he would be meeting Msgr Brown shortly after his arrival in Dublin to take up his position.