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Daylight Saving Bill receives Royal Assent
The Daylight Saving Act is set to come in to effect next Sunday. Photo: Hardware merchandising January-March 1916, Internet Archive

Daylight Saving Bill receives Royal Assent

London, 18 May 1916 - The Daylight Saving Bill has passed through all its stages in the House of Lords and yesterday received the Royal Assent.

The Bill applies to Britain and to Ireland. A notice from the Home Office stipulates that the change will come into effect on the night of Saturday - Sunday next. At 2am, the time on all railways, at all post offices and at all other government establishments will be put forward one hour to 3am.

The new time will be used all through the summer and will be used for all ordinary purposes (including by factories, public houses and any other establishment which is regulated by law in terms of its opening hours).
Normal time will be restored on the night of Saturday-Sunday, 30 September/ 1 October.

The time difference of 25 minutes between Britain and Ireland will not be affected.

[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.