Fianna Fáil has appointed the party's Health Spokesperson Billy Kelleher as Director of Elections for the General Election campaign.

Fianna Fáil Leader Micheál Martin made the appointment today.

"Billy was first elected to the Dáil in 1997 and has a wide range of experience, having served as Minister of State for Trade and Commerce and Minister of State for Labour Affairs," said Mr Martin.

"He replaces Pat Carey. I would like to thank Pat and acknowledge his work on the campaign to date," added Mr Martin.

Mr Kelleher will take up the role with immediate effect.