Government under-fire for appointing Eamon O Cuiv as FF campaign manager

The Government is coming under fire for appointing the Social Protection Minister as Fianna Fail's campaign manager in the Donegal South West by-election.

Eamon O'Cuiv will head up the three week election campaign, as political parties fight it out to win the seat, vacated by Fianna's Fail's Pat 'The Cope' Gallagher in June last year.

Political reporter with the Irish Times Mary Minihan was at the convention - she says whatever the controversy surrounding the appointment of Minister O'Cuiv - he gave a rousing speech last night: