Sally Mulready, a prominent supporter of Irish emigrant rights, has been appointed by President Michael D Higgins as one of his seven members of the Council of State.
Ms Mulready, who was born in Dublin, moved to London in the 1970s. Since 1997, she has served as a Labour councillor for the London Borough of Hackney.
An advocate for the Irish community, Ms Mulready previously served as the Secretary of the Federation of the Irish Societies.
She is also widely known for her work with survivors of the Magdalene laundries.
Established by the Constitution of Ireland, the Council of State advises the President.
The appointment was met with support.