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Don't turn back time; 90% vote to end daylight saving time.

Byline: WILLIAM DUNNE

ALMOST nine in 10 people would choose to stop changing the clock back and forward every year, a survey has found.

Traditionally in EU countries the clocks go forward in March and back an hour in October.

However, recent studies have suggested it can have a negative impact on people's health.

The European Commission is pushing to abolish it. Speaking yesterday, Irish MEP Deirdre Clune said: "I have been working with various parties for many years to implement these changes and I am glad to see they are going one step further today.

"People in Ireland voted overwhelmingly to stop the clock changes and I think we must all listen to the citizens of Europe on this.

"Following the recent public consultation on this 80% of European citizens voted 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 winter evenings would have a positive benefit for public health."

European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker proposed to end the practice by 2019 in his State of the Union address on Wednesday.

Daylight saving time has been around since World War I. The clocks will go back one hour on October 28.

news@irishmirror.ie

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