‘It was like a monster came’: The silent suffering of adult children with alcoholic parents
‘It was like a monster came’: The silent suffering of adult children with alcoholic parents

Amanda Cassidy

The herbal remedies to stock up on this winter
The herbal remedies to stock up on this winter

Lauren Heskin

Where to stream all the Christmas movies this year
Where to stream all the Christmas movies this year

Sarah Finnan

These sustainable yoga mats are so beautiful they double as wall art
These sustainable yoga mats are so beautiful they double as wall art

Shayna Sappington

Fans filmed George Clooney’s motorbike crash instead of helping him, and that’s not ok
Fans filmed George Clooney’s motorbike crash instead of helping him, and that’s not ok

Sarah Finnan

Hounded by Shein ads? Everything you need to know about the mysterious online fashion brand
Hounded by Shein ads? Everything you need to know about the mysterious online fashion brand

Sarah Finnan

The other horror story at the root of The Lovely Bones authors’ memoir
The other horror story at the root of The Lovely Bones authors’ memoir

Holly O'Neill

‘He never once saw the chair before her – she was still his Mum, first and foremost’: Meet the Irish Carers of the Year
‘He never once saw the chair before her – she was still his Mum, first...

Sarah Finnan

‘Are you sure you don’t want to put trousers on?’ We can all relate to Victoria Beckham’s chaotic Christmas photoshoot
‘Are you sure you don’t want to put trousers on?’ We can all relate to...

Amanda Cassidy

Friends in a pandemic: ‘Covid impacted our relationship hugely and I can’t say that the damage will ever be undone’
Friends in a pandemic: ‘Covid impacted our relationship hugely and I can’t say that the...

Ciara McQuillan

Image / Editorial

Bi-annual clock changes to be scrapped by 2021


By Jennifer McShane
04th Mar 2019
Bi-annual clock changes to be scrapped by 2021

Following a public consultation early last year asking people if they think we should scrap the twice-yearly practice of the clocks going back, it was announced today clocks jumping forward and backwards an hour each year will now end in 2021.

This is due to a new EU policy; The decision was taken by the European Parliament’s Transport and Tourism Committee after a report was backed by 23 votes to 11.

Related: Irish public asked for views on abolishing changes to clocks going back

Now the EU states, like Ireland, must now decide which time – summer or winter – they will stick to. It is up to individual member states to decide which time, winter or summer, they will adhere to throughout the year.

Clocks go forward this year on March 21.

According to reports, Ireland South MEP Deirdre Clune said that member states should notify the European Commission of their choice by April 2020.

A consultation conducted by the Commission last year found that over 80% of people favoured abolishing seasonal clock changes, according to Clune.

“At European level, Irish people took part in public consultation and Ireland voted overwhelmingly to stop the clock changes. There are many benefits to ending the process of changing the clocks each year such as improved outcomes for road safety and economic benefits. In addition, brighter evenings in winter would have a positive benefit for public health.”

Summertime arrangements in the EU require clocks to be changed twice per year to cater to the changing patterns of daylight and to take advantage of the available daylight in a given period.

Main photograph: Pexels