The question is, when will our alarm bells be ringing?

The proposed plans to end seasonal clock changes in Europe will be opposed by the Irish Government.

Minister for Justice and Equality Charlie Flanagan is expected to ask the Government to reject this proposal on two grounds.

Firstly, if the seasonal clock changes were to end it would mean the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland could potentially have two different time zones.

The second reason would be to avoid a “patchwork” of time zones across the EU.

Flanagan believes that the proposal could allow other member states to choose different times, which could cause unnecessary confusion within the Single Market.

The minister has reached this conclusion following an extensive consultation that involved Government departments and the public.

Whilst many people have voiced support for ending seasonal clock changes, a survey shows 82 per cent of Irish people would oppose having a different time zone to Northern Ireland.