Deputy Michael Colreavy, Sinn Féin spokesperson on Communications, Energy and Natural Resources said that there cannot be two time zones on the island of Ireland.
Speaking during the Brighter Evenings Bill in the Dáil last Friday, Deputy Colreavy said: “The major reason we cannot adopt this piece of legislation at the moment is the fact that we cannot have a different time zone in the 26 counties and six counties.
“It would make absolutely no sense to adopt a different time zone in the south to that in the north. Can you imagine a situation existing where Donegal would have a different time zone to Derry, Fermanagh having a different time zone to Leitrim?
The Sinn Féin TD said that proposed changes to time zones would have an adverse effect on businesses both north and south of the border.
He added that there would also be an impact on those in education in these areas and it would become “a general nuisance for people living near the border”.
“I welcome that Minister Shatter recognises this reality and that government will not move to adopt this legislation without an all-island focus,” he said.