Ben Bulben

  • Ahead of next week’s referendum on the 8th amendment, a huge NO sign has been erected on Ben Bulben mountain in Co Sligo.

    The 100 foot sign, made out of plastic sheeting, was placed on the North facing side of the mountain, with the landowners permission, at 4 am this morning.

    Tommy Banks is a  member of the Sligo for Life No Campaign - speaking with Ocean Fm , he said  people are outraged by the proposal to repeal the 8th amendment.

    However there has been strong criticism of the sign locally, with many people saying it has defaced Sligo's iconic mountain.

    Sligo County Council has confirmed that, since the land is commonage, they have no role in the matter.

  • The huge 'NO' sign which was put up on the north side of Ben Bulben mountain yesterday morning is gone.

    It is not clear when it was removed but from about 7am this morning it was no longer to be seen.

    The erection of the sign by members of the Sligo For Life group generated considerable controversy all day yesterday with  criticism of the group for defacing Sligo's iconic mountain.

    By yesterday afternoon Sligo County Council had begun an investigation under planning laws into its erection. 

    The National Parks and Wildlife Service told the people responsible to take it down.

    An Taisce submitted a legal complaint to Sligo County Council on its erection.

    It claims the 100 foot sign would require planning permission as the mountain is part of a sensitive rural landscape in a visually vulnerable area and is surrounded by scenic routes, all designated under the Sligo County Development Plan 2017-2023.

     

    The President of Sligo Chamber of Commerce , Fiona Candon, says she’s unhappy with the use of Ben Bulben as a billboard but says there’s unlikely to be any negative impact.

  • The huge 'NO' sign which was put up on the north side of Ben Bulben mountain yesterday morning has been removed.

    It is not clear who removed it, but as dawn broke this morning it was no longer to be seen.

    The erection of the sign by members of the Sligo For Life group generated considerable controversy all day yesterday with some criticism of the group for defacing Sligo's iconic mountain.

    By yesterday afternoon Sligo County Council had begun an investigation under planning laws into its erection. 

    The National Parks and Wildlife Service told the people responsible for putting it up to take it down.

    An Taisce submitted a legal complaint to Sligo County Council on its erection.

    It claimed the 100 foot sign would require planning permission as the mountain is part of a sensitive rural landscape in a visually vulnerable area and is surrounded by scenic routes, all designated under the Sligo County Development Plan 2017-2023.

    Tommy Banks is a member of the Sligo for Life Group he told Midwest Radio this morning why the group put up the massive sign on the mountain and said it’s not known who took it down overnight. But he said yesterday evening a member of the public had threatened that it would be taken down.