IN the week the clocks went back, a local MEP has urged the Government to reconsider scrapping the bi-annual time change.
Seán Kelly is Ireland’s only member of the European parliament’s working group on the clock change, and has been campaigning for the best part of a decade to scrap Daylight Savings Time.
Speaking from Strasbourg, he said the need to keep step with the rest of Europe out-weighed the risk of having two time zones on the island of Ireland.
“The EU-wide public consultation on daylight savings time, which was carried out last year, received 4.6 million responses – the highest ever engagement for an EU public consultation,” he said.
EU citizens overwhelmingly supported the abolishment of the biannual clock change
“EU citizens overwhelmingly supported the abolishment of the biannual clock change, with 84 percent of respondents voting in favour of ending this outdated practice.
“Studies have shown that the disruption caused by the clock change has a detrimental impact on our health. It can lead to weakened immunity and sleeping patterns and in some cases, increased anxiety and depression. It can also impact on tiredness in drivers.
risk of having two time zones on the island of Ireland
“Amid the uncertainty of Brexit, it made sense to delay the issue, as there was a risk of having two time zones on the island of Ireland. However we are now finally starting to see progress on a Brexit deal, and as the rest of Europe moves to end daylight savings time, it makes sense that we would follow suit.”