Cllr calls for online Green Cert completion to be made available to young emigrants

Johnny Healy Rae 3Young people who have emigrated should be able to complete the Green Cert online. That’s according to Cllr Johnny Healy-Rae who has called on Kerry County Council to write to the Department of Agriculture on the matter. The Green Cert is a prerequisite requirement which enables access to a number of grants and subsidies. Cllr Healy Rae told the monthly meeting of Kerry County Council that young Kerry farmers – who have emigrated –  are “at a disadvantage”. This is he said, because they cannot complete the Green Cert while abroad, with a view to coming home. Cllr Healy-Rae said if the Green Cert could be completed online, it would help entice young farmers to move home – adding “sure these days, you could nearly become a doctor online”. Cllr Dan McCarthy seconded the motion, saying that it would be worth considering, “if it would help bring even five farmers back home to Kerry”.