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Kelly urges von der Leyen to act on Daylight Savings time

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Seán Kelly MEP marked the Autumn Equinox on Tuesday by urging European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen to reignite efforts towards scrapping the bi-annual clock change.

Mr. Kelly is Ireland’s only Member of the European Parliament’s Working Group on the bi-annual Clock Change, and has been campaigning for the best part of a decade to scrap Daylight Savings Time.

Speaking from Killarney, he highlighted the need to revisit the issue, which awaits EU Member States taking a formal position in the European Council, two years on from an EU-wide public consultation which saw 84 percent of respondents in favour of putting an end to the bi-annual clock change.

“The EU-wide public consultation on daylight savings time two years ago received 4.6 million responses – the highest ever engagement for an EU public consultation.

“EU citizens overwhelmingly supported the abolishment of the biannual clock change and ending this outdated practice.

“This is an issue of great interest to my constituents across Ireland-South. Studies have shown that the disruption caused by the clock change has a detrimental impact on our health. It can lead to weakened immunity and sleeping patterns and in some cases, increased anxiety and depression. It can also affect tiredness in drivers, increasing the risk of accidents.

"We need to listen to our voters and deliver on an initiative that has overwhelming support among EU citizens."

MEP Kelly noted that political leadership at the highest level was needed to persuade EU Member States to agree with the wish of both European Commission and European Parliament to end the annual practice.

“Jean-Claude Juncker’s Commission proposed to scrap the clock change in September 2018, and Parliament endorsed this position in March 2019. Member States have so far failed to back the proposal. Now it is time for President von der Leyen to put pressure on Member States and resolve this issue once and for all.”

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Ballycasheen junction to get upgraded this year.

A long awaited solution to traffic problems where Ballycasheen Road meets the N22 Cork Road looks like finally being resolved this year. Late last year Transport Infrastructure Ireland allocated €1.2m to be spent on the section of road between the Park Road roundabout and Ballycasheen junction. “Technical Approval for the improvements, along this section which […]

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A long awaited solution to traffic problems where Ballycasheen Road meets the N22 Cork Road looks like finally being resolved this year.

Late last year Transport Infrastructure Ireland allocated €1.2m to be spent on the section of road between the Park Road roundabout and Ballycasheen junction.

“Technical Approval for the improvements, along this section which include Active Travel provision and Junction Improvements at Ballycasheen, is being sought from TII before commencing,” a council spokesperson confirmed. “The elected members will be briefed on the proposals ahead of the commencement of the statutory process in early 2022.”

The council official was responding to a request by Cllr John O’Donoghue who sought an update on progress being on a promised “more user friendly junction.”

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€2.3m funding for Kerry schools under Summer Works Programme

Minister for Education and Kerry TD Norma Foley has today (Monday) announced funding of €2.3 million for the approval of 24 projects across Kerry under the Department’s 2022 Summer Works Scheme. This funding is part of the overall package of €65m for a total of 497 projects around the country. “I am delighted to confirm […]

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Minister for Education and Kerry TD Norma Foley has today (Monday) announced funding of €2.3 million for the approval of 24 projects across Kerry under the Department’s 2022 Summer Works Scheme.

This funding is part of the overall package of €65m for a total of 497 projects around the country.

“I am delighted to confirm this significant tranche of funding which will provide further investment for schools in Kerry under the Summer Works Scheme,” Minister Foley said.

“School communities have shown great resilience, flexibility and leadership in adapting to the many challenges that arose over the course of the pandemic. This funding is a further endorsement of the excellence in education provided by schools across the county. I am announcing the Summer Works Scheme projects now so that schools have a good lead-in period to plan and deliver the projects in summer 2022,” she said.

“Today’s announcement follows on from the enhanced minor works funding which was delivered to schools a number of weeks ago.”

The projects for Kerry included in today’s announcement include Mechanical Works at Two Mile Community NS and Spa National School, Science Labs including Gas Works at Community College Killorglin and Castleisland Community College, as well as Roof Works at Scoil Phobail Sliabh Luachra. 

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