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Please set your watch back as you cross the border…

Tue 9 July 2013, 11:47am

The first time I visited Portugal it was overland through France and Spain. We ended up staying at a small hotel in Santarem, a small town with a beautiful aspect overlooking the Douro Valley, about an hour north of Lisbon.

The first we figured we’d got something majorly wrong was when we turned up for work at a local secondary school (Escola Secundária Sá Da Bandeira) at what we thought was 8.30 that morning to discover there were no students there yet.

We’d set our clocks back to French and Spanish time, not realising that Portugal was in the same UTC/GMT timezone as Ireland and the UK. We’d spent nearly 24 hours in a bubble, with our clocks reading an hour earlier than it actually was. That explained why no one was up in time to give us the hotel breakfast we’d paid for that morning…

Which trival anecdote brings me to Tommy Broughan’s private members Brighter Evenings Bill 2012 in the Dail…

Section 2 requires the Minister for Justice and Equality to prepare and publish a report of an independent group of stakeholders addressing the costs and benefits of advancing the clocks by one hour in order that there would be brighter evenings throughout the year in Ireland. It would also mean that Ireland would be on the same time as the Central European Time Zone. Section 3 allows the Minister to provide for the advancing of clocks in Ireland by one hour for a three year trial period under a daylight saving order. The three year experiment would adopt the single-double summer time model, which would mean that we would be an hour ahead of Greenwich Mean Time, GMT+1, in winter and two hours ahead, GMT+2, in summer.

Hmmm… Tommy is a currently unwhipped Labour TD which roughly translates as ‘don’t hold yer breath lads’…

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Comments (11)

  1. Morpheus (profile) says:

    It’s just any excuse now isn’t it

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  2. Mick Fealty (profile) says:

    ?

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  3. Morpheus (profile) says:

    Take a look at your last 50 threads and see if you can see a theme.

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  4. cynic2 (profile) says:

    “It’s just any excuse now isn’t it”

    Cynicism about politics – especially Irish politics, is de rigeur for anyone who is mentally stable and honest

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  5. Mick Fealty (profile) says:

    it was supposed to be humourous… :-(

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  6. DC (profile) says:

    This is what Hitler’s generals would call a ‘sun ray cure’.

    A political gimmick to mask some v harsh (economic) realities?

    Never mind being skint, sure aren’t yas all that wee bit happier with that extra bit of sunshine?

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  7. Morpheus (profile) says:

    Humourous or taking the piss again?

    There’s a whole story about political donations and it would be interesting to delve into the pros and cons of that:
    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-northern-ireland-23237841

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  8. Mick Fealty (profile) says:

    it would be, and I’m with Naomi. But look at the record to see who’s agin such disclosure?

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  9. cynic2 (profile) says:

    Selective severe humour failure seems to be the mark of republicans. Must be all those centuries of oppression weighing down upon them

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  10. cynic2 (profile) says:

    Humourous or taking the piss again?

    Oh dear ….you really don’t understand humour do you

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  11. FuturePhysicist (profile) says:

    You make a great arguement for Portugal changing its time zone and against the Republic of Ireland not doing so.

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