Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine Charlie McConalogue has secured 20 additional fixed-term teaching positions for Teagasc.

In response to a query, it was revealed that the posts will be aimed at delivering greater resources for Green Cert courses.

These will be earmarked in particular for the northwest and northeast of the country.

Minister McConalogue received swift sanction through the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform to secure the teaching posts.

Commenting, Minister McConalogue said: “I am delighted to have secured these crucial teaching posts for Teagasc to help roll out the Level 5 and Level 6 Green Cert course.

“I sought the sanction for the recruitment by Teagasc of up to 20 temporary teachers to provide Green Certificate training primarily in the north west and north east.

“I thank my colleague Minister Michael McGrath in the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform for granting this sanction. I also thank the Teagasc director Professor Gerry Boyle for proactive engagement in the matter.

Generational renewal and the continued education of our farmers are key priorities of mine so I am delighted to have been able to secure these positions.

“I am acutely aware of the huge demand for Green Cert places and I hope this move will go a considerable to easing the burden on farmers seeking to be trained.”