Former Northern Ireland Secretary Paul Murphy has been appointed co-chairman of the British-Irish Inter-Parliamentary Body.
Paul Murphy has been appointed co-chairman of the British-Irish Inter-Parliamentary Body.
Mr Murphy will take up his post with the 68-member body shortly, where he will succeed Labour MP David Winnick.
The Irish co-chairman, Fianna Fail TD Pat Carey, welcomed Mr Murphy's appointment and said he looked forward to working with him.
The group was established in 1990 as a link between Westminster and the Dail.
It initially comprised 25 British and 25 Irish members drawn from the upper and lower houses of both parliaments.
In recent years the membership of the body has been extended with representatives from the Welsh Assembly, the Scottish Parliament, the Northern Ireland Assembly and the Isle of Man and Channel Islands.
The appointment was also welcomed by SDLP leader Mark Durkan.
"He has a good knowledge of Northern Ireland which I hope he will bring to bear in this new role," he said.
"The SDLP wants to see the body working exactly how the Good Friday Agreement envisaged and we hope that he will be able to bring this about."