After 18 years with TV3, political editor, Ursula Halligan, has decided to step down.

The broadcaster moved to TV3 in 2000 after stints on The Sunday Tribune and RTE, and subsequently reported on four general elections and four Taoisigh appointments over the course of her career.

Commenting on Ursula's departure from TV3, Mick McCaffrey, Head of 3News, paid tribute to the broadcaster's approach to political correspondence during her time with the station.

"Ursula has made a valuable contribution to TV3 over the past 18 years and was always an independent voice in politics, going beyond the spin and hype to give our viewers the real story of what was happening at Leinster House."

"She was respected across all political parties for her insights and independence. We would like to thank Ursula for her dedicated service and wish her the very best for the future," he added.

The award-winning broadcaster, who was met with overwhelming support when she came out as gay in May 2015, will leave her role at the end of August.