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Ireland to get Summer Time despite objections of Irish MPs
The clock house in Mallow, Co. Cork Photo: National Library of Ireland, EAS_0906

Ireland to get Summer Time despite objections of Irish MPs

Westminster, 26 March 1917 - The British government has confirmed that it is to adopt the recommendations of the Home Office Committee and the Summer Time Act will be enforced in Ireland in 1917.

The clocks in Ireland will change at 2am on Sunday morning, 8 April 1917. Only an Act of Parliament can now change this plan and such an act will not be passed. The decision to proceed with Summer Time in Ireland comes in the wake of Irish objections that it will be injurious to agriculture.

Opponents of the measure stress the difference between the British economy and the Irish one: In Ireland 60% of the population is rural, while a mere 8% of Britain’s population is engaged in food production.

[Editor's note: This is an article from Century Ireland, a fortnightly online newspaper, written from the perspective of a journalist 100 years ago, based on news reports of the time.]


Century Ireland

The Century Ireland project is an online historical newspaper that tells the story of the events of Irish life a century ago.