A Cavan Councillor has called for a review of proposed changes to the issuing of Construction Skills Certification Scheme cards.
The Minister for Further and Higher Education, Simon Harris, recently announced plans for operators of construction machinery "to prove they have the skills to maintain their licences on a regular basis".
Currently, when a person completes their training and receives their operator card, they can renew it in five years' time with no need to re-certify or prove their competence.
However, TP O'Reilly says "there isn't a need for this at a time when construction work is hard to find".
He passed a motion calling for a review into the plans, which some councillors labelled a "scam and a racquet to get more money".
TP O'Reilly told Northern Sound there's a greater need to target young people who are driving farm machinery, rather than skilled and experienced operators: