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Tuesday 12 December 2017

FG to brighten up winter with plan for all-year summer time

Treacy Hogan Environment Correspondent

FINE Gael is promising summer time in the winter if elected to Government -- by ending the practice of putting the clocks back one hour in October.

The proposal was made yesterday by Sean Barrett, the Fine Gael TD and deputy chairman of the Joint Oireachtas Committee on Climate Change and Energy Security.

Mr Barrett said that the new arrangement would give another hour of daylight throughout the year.

Fine Gael claims the plan would significantly reduce peak electricity demands, saving hundreds of thousands of CO2 emissions -- equivalent to removing many thousands of motor vehicles from the roads.

Mr Barrett said: "Long-term sustainable benefits would also include greater energy savings, less crime, fewer road deaths, more recreation time and increased tourism.

"There is no coherent reason why we should not synchronise our time with Europe in the interests of increased economic activity.

"The proposal would also cut obesity by giving children longer play time in the evenings, and could help to reduce crime, particularly against elderly persons," added Mr Barrett.

Irish Independent

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