211. Deputy Declan Breathnach asked the Minister for Justice and Equality the result of the public consultation carried out by his Department on the impending decision regarding daylight saving time; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [12038/19]
Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Charles Flanagan): As the Deputy will be aware, my Department ran a public consultation process on the future of the twice-yearly clock change in October and November of 2018. The consultation comprised a public survey (which received over 16,000 responses) and general submissions from individuals and stakeholders (receiving 171 responses). In addition, the Department commissioned an Amárach Research opinion poll of a sample of 1,000 respondents aligned with the national population.
A report on the consultation exercise is being prepared and will be considered by an interdepartmental steering group for submission to Government. Once the group has reported to Government, more details concerning the consultation process and its outcome will be published on the Department’s website.