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Pro-life group says the 'No' on Ben Bulben was 'vandalised' and removed

Pictures from this morning show only remnants of the sign remaining.

Updated 3.12 pm

PastedImage-25330 Ben Bulben this morning. Source: Twitter/anniewestdotcom

THE 100M TALL ‘No’ banner that was placed on Ben Bulben in Sligo has been removed overnight.

The sign had been placed there by the Sligo for Life group in the early hours of yesterday morning but it provoked controversy in the 24 hours it was up.

The National Parks and Wildlife Service had called for its removal, stating that: “The insinuation of alien materials such as this onto a special area of conservation is insensitive  to its conservation status and incompatible with the habitat.”

An Taisce also submitted a legal complaint to Sligo County Council regarding the sign.

This morning, a number of Sligo locals have posted images of the mountain showing that most of the lettering has been removed.

Tommy Banks of Sligo for Life said yesterday that the letters were made of cladding and pictures from this morning show only debris remaining.

Speaking to local broadcaster Ocean FM this morning, Banks said that the No sign was “vandalised” and that that Yes campaigners had threatened to remove it.

“A threat was made from some of the Yes people, one of them came to me and said: ‘That will come down’. So that was reported to the guards. It was private property,” Banks said.

image1 (1) This is what the sign looked like yesterday. Source: Daniel Horvath

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