Campaigning politicians come in all shapes and sizes and political hues – so step forward Fine Gael’s David Stanton who is at it again.
It is an annual call that comes from his office deep inside the Fine Gael bowels of Leinster House but an annual call that is all but ignored – year in and year out.
And his call? We shouldn’t have to put our clocks back – summertime should last all year round!
To be fair to David, he has backed up this annual call with reasons why we should have left our clocks the way they were last Sunday morning.
“Longer summer time could save energy costs by reducing consumption and carbon emissions, boost road safety and help tourism,” he claims.
He said the USA extended summer time by four weeks in 2005 in order to cut down on energy use. American summer time runs for eight months from the second Sunday in March to the first Sunday in November.
“Summer time in Ireland and across Europe runs for just seven months.”
Stanton has written to the Government seeking an extension of summer time.