Roscommon Galway Deputy Denis Naughten is the new Chairperson of the Inter-Parliamentary Union, Working Group on Science and Technology.
The group serves as a focal point for issues related to science and technology and is made up of 21 government members from the five continents who have specific relevant knowledge and experience.
Its role is to inspire action through legislative work in the field of science and technology.
Deputy Naughten says he's honoured to have been elected as the new Chair of the organisation.
He says the recent Covid pandemic has shown how important it is for government to weigh up and analyze scientific evidence and then decide policy accordingly.