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Dublin Christmas Lights Facing Reduction Over Energy Crisis

Emma Tyrrell
Emma Tyrrell

09:23 19 Sep 2022

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There are plans to cut the amount of time Dublin city's Christmas lights stay on as the cost-of-living crisis worsens.

The Environment Minister recently said councils are considering their approach to the festive decorations this year as energy prices soar.

A business group in the capital, which is in charge of the famous lights, says the spectacle is important to people and the lights will go up as normal in November.

But CEO of Dublin Town, Richard Guiney, says they're looking at reducing how long they stay lit each day;

"Traditionally they would go on at about 2 o'clock in the afternoon and stay until about 4 o'clock the following morning so we probably will reduce the hours so that they'll go on at say 4 o'clock in the afternoon and go off at 1 or 2 in the morning."

The Grafton Street and Henry Street lights stay on longer but Richard Guiney says they're unlikely to have them on in the early morning as usual this year.

He says they've invested in energy efficient bulbs over the years with the Grafton Street lights using roughly a third of the energy someone would use having a power shower in the morning.

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