A confirmation hearing will be held on April 11 for Edward Crawford, who was nominated by President Trump to be the next US Ambassador to Ireland.

Crawford will appear before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee on Thursday, and if his nomination is approved, his name will then go to the floor of the US Senate for a further vote, RTÉ reports.

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President Trump announced his intention to nominate the 80-year-old Ohio businessman to the position in October.

President Donald Trump’s initial choice for the role, Florida businessman Brian Burns, was forced to withdraw from the position due to ill health.

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The last holder of the post was Kevin O’Malley, whose term ended when former President Obama left office in January 2017.