Councillor calls to stop the clocks

Cllr Seamus Weir

Cllr Seamus Weir

An independent councillor has called for the upcoming time change on October 25 NOT to happen and asked the council to write to the relevant Minister to forward on his plea.

Speaking at the October meeting of Mayo County Council on Monday, Cllr Seamus Weir said: "I've had a lot of reaction to this issue since I first brought it up; with the current situation that people are dealing with, the nights will be getting longer. I think that by not changing the time this month, it would be a great benefit to people in terms of their mental health."

He went on to say that even for children it would be a good thing as they would be able to come home from school and enjoy a few hours of daylight in the evening and go outside and play.

Cllr Weir's request got the backing of a number of councillors at the meeting who agreed with his suggestion, however Fine Gael Cllr Gerry Coyle said that he didn't think it would be that simple to do, with having to take into consideration the situation in Northern Ireland, then being on a different time zone from the rest of Ireland.


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