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Poll: Should we scrap putting the clocks back and forward every year?

We’ve been putting the clocks forward in Spring, and back in Autumn, for over 100 years now.

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WINTER IS COMING and households across Ireland will be winding their clocks back this weekend, as daylight saving will end on Sunday.

Fine Gael MEP Deirdre Clune thinks the bi-annual practice of changing the time is “a relic from a bygone era that no longer serves a useful purpose”.

Having petitioned the EU on the matter repeatedly, the European Commission has now told Clune that it is still investigating the annual clocks change and that it will examine the impact of the current arrangements in the Member States.

The MEP argued having brighter evenings in winter would lead to better outcomes for road safety, reduce energy consumption by having the lights on less and even encourage children to get out and exercise more.

“The very least we should do is have an informed debate on whether it is a good idea to continue winding the clocks back and forwards every year,” Clune said.

So, what do you think? Should we scrap putting the clocks back and forward every year?


Poll Results:

Yes (10985)
No (3298)
I'm not sure (791)



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