The GAA confirmed that barrister and former Offaly hurler, Rory Hanniffy, has been appointed secretary of the Disputes Resolution Authority (DRA).
He succeeds Professor Jack Anderson, who is taking up a new academic post in the University of Melbourne in Australia.
A barrister on the Midland and Dublin circuits, Rory Hanniffy will take over the DRA role on May 1.
A two-time winner of the Offaly senior Hurler of the Year Award in 2003 and 2006, Rory Hanniffy enjoyed a glittering career with club and county. He won Leinster minor and under-21 hurling championship titles with Offaly in 2000 and played 45 senior championship matches for the county between 2001 and 2014.
With Birr he won eight Offaly senior hurling medals and captained them to their most recent success in 2008. He also won four Leinster club medals and two AIB All-Ireland club medals in 2002 and 2003.
His appointment was welcomed by GAA Director General, Páraic Duffy.
The DRA is independent of the GAA and is bound only by the provisions of the Disputes Resolution Code.