STEPHEN Rae has been appointed editor of the Irish Independent,with immediate effect.
Mr. Rae (46) replaces Gerry O'Regan, who has decided to retire after seven years at the helm.
Mr O'Regan will continue his association with the Irish Independent, as a weekly columnist and contributing other articles to the paper.
In his new role Mr Rae will have full responsibility for the print and online editions of the newspaper, ensuring full integration of the print and online editorial teams.
He is a former Editor of the Evening Herald, appointed in 2005,having previously served as its Deputy Editor, Associate Editor (News) and Security Correspondent.
A native of Co Kerry, he is a graduate of the DIT School of Journalism and qualified as a barrister at King's Inns, Dublin. He is a also former editor of the Garda Review.
Commenting, Mr Joe Webb, Chief Executive, Independent News & Media (Ireland) said: "We are delighted to announce Stephen's appointment. He has many of the same fine characteristics that made Gerry O'Regan a superb editor. He is a Kerry man, a former editor of the Evening Herald and a talented and opinionated writer.
''I wish him and his colleagues at the Irish Independent every success in continuing to set the news agenda and in innovating to meet the evolving needs of a new generation of loyal readers.
"I also wish to thank Gerry for his unstinting contribution during his time as Editor of the Irish Independent, the Evening Herald and the Irish Daily Star. He has a superb intellect and connection with readers and I am delighted that he will continue as a contributor to the Irish Independent in the years ahead".