Another outcome of 1916? May 21, 2016Posted by WorldbyStorm in Uncategorized.
Really good overview on RTÉ of daylight saving time and how it was introduced into Ireland in May 1916. This is by Ben Shorten and appears to be in collaboration with Boston College. Some fascinating quotes which give a sense, perhaps, of how the events of earlier that year inflected matters after:
Professor Luke Gibbons of Maynooth University has observed that the timing of the abolition of Irish time almost makes it seem like it was done in retaliation for the events in Dublin during Easter 1916.
That may be a stretch, but this quote from John Dillon in the House of Commons gives pause:
“We have managed to get along for 600 or 7000 years… without assimilating our time to that of GB. We have got along very well. It reminds us that we are coming into a strange country.”
And it underlines the democratic deficit in relation to issues pertaining to this island in relation to the House of Commons:
Despite opposition from Dillon and his Irish Parliamentary Party colleagues, the bill passed and Dublin time was lost to history, overshadowed by the more dramatic events that had preceded it in 1916 – the Easter Rising and the Battle of the Somme.
That such a fundamental change in the very fabric of life could be introduced and not prevented by Irish parliamentarians seems to me to exemplify how marginal Irish political influence actually was.
Anyhow, good stuff.