Calls to end daylight saving as clock goes back

This weekend marks 100 years of daylight saving time in Ireland, but, as the clocks go back at 2am tomorrow, not everyone is happy about the extra hour in bed.

Two Irish MEPs have called for an end to the bi-annual changing of the clock, and, according to a new survey, 63% of the public are not in favour of the concept either.

Ireland South MEPs, Deirdre Clune and Sean Kelly, have both joined a growing number in the European Parliament who think the concept should be scrapped.

“Brighter evenings would lead to improved outcomes for road safety, as the roads are more dangerous from the hours of 4-7pm,” Ms Clune said.

Her colleague, Mr Kelly, described the changing of the clock as nonsensical.

“I have consistently called for an end to the time change, over serious health and safety concerns for citizens, and am fully supporting a European Parliament motion to end the practice.

“Various studies show that going against the natural rhythm has a detrimental impact on sleep and health,” said Mr Kelly.

“When we disrupt our natural rhythms, many people lose sleep, leading to weakened immunity, increased anxiety, and depression in some cases,” he added.

Driving is also impacted by the changing of the clocks and the Road Safety Authority (RSA) has warned all road-users to “be safe and be seen.”

“It really is critical that road-users ensure they are visible to others on the road, every time they go out for a walk, cycle, or on the bike,” said RSA CEO, Moyagh Murdock.

Meanwhile, according to the results of a new survey by Irish lighting firm, Solus, 63% of us would like the daylight saving-time practice to be abolished, this is despite 46% of people spending the extra hour in bed.

 

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