THE former children's minister Barry Andrews is the new chief executive of the aid agency Goal.
Mr Andrews was elected to the Dail in 2002 and served as minister of state for children from 2008 to 2011. He is a former secondary school teacher and a barrister by profession. He is a son of former foreign affairs minister David Andrews.
Goal chairman Pat O’Mahony said Mr Andrews will take up his post “shortly”.
“He will initially meet with international donors, governments and senior staff in each of the 12 countries where Goal currently operates," he added.
Mr Andrews said he was looking forward to the new challenge.
“I look forward to the challenges ahead and to build upon the historic legacy of my predecessor and the organisation’s founder, John O’Shea.”
Mr O’Shea, who founded Goal in 1977, stepped down at the end of August after settling a High Court action against the board aimed at stopping it from taking steps to remove him from his position.
Goal's budget last year was in the region of €60m.
Another former Fianna Fail minister, Peter Power, was appointed the executive director of Unicef Ireland last year.