Tipp council backs call to turn the clock back on daylight saving hours

Tipperary County Council backs call to abolish daylight saving
Tipperary County Council has backed a call to end putting the clocks back and forward for summer and winter time.

Tipperary County Council has backed a call to end putting the clocks back and forward for summer and winter time.

The council backed a motion from Cllr Richie Molloy to support the Brighter Evenings Bill that would put Ireland on Central European Time for a three-year period.

“There is a cross-party committee looking at moving towards Central European Time,” he revealed. “The original idea for moving time is outdated.”

He said having the one time throughout the year would help combat issues such as Seasonal Affective Disorder as it would bring an end to the dark evenings.

It was also a road safety issue, he pointed out, as the hours between 4pm and 7pm were dangerous for fatalites.

However, he admitted it would be difficult to make the change without Britain coming on board, but said: “We did join the euro without them”.

His motion was supported by Cllr Tom Wood.

Germany and Austria-Hungary were the first to use daylight saving time on April 30, 1916, as a way to conserve coal during wartime. Britain, most of its allies, and many European neutrals soon followed suit. It was broadly abandoned after the war, with the exception of Canada, Britain, France, and Ireland. It became widely adopted, particularly in North America and Europe starting in the 1970s as a result of the energy crisis.