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18th May 2018

The massive ‘NO’ sign on Ben Bulben has been removed

Tony Cuddihy

Ben Bulben

Ben Bulben is back to its former glory.

The people of Sligo can enjoy looking up at Ben Bulben, the county’s most famous landmark, after the massive NO sign that appeared on Thursday morning was removed.

The following image was posted on Friday morning by illustrator and cartoonist Annie West.

When contacted by JOE, she responded, “I can’t tell you how happy I am today.”

Annie paid tribute to a number of people and organisations who had worked to get the sign removed, including Fine Gael minister Josepha Madigan, Sligo County Council and ‘Terry the Guard’.

The sign appeared in the early hours of Thursday morning, eight days before the Irish public will go to the polls to decide the matter of the country’s Eighth Amendment.

In a live interview with Ocean FM on Thursday morning, Tommy Banks of Sligo for Life said: “Well, there’s a huge No sign placed on Ben Bulben at the moment and the height of the N is 100 metres. And it’s horrific to think that we have to do this…”

Host Niall Delaney cut across to tell Banks: “You don’t have to do this. People are outraged, on both sides, be it Yes or No, that anybody could see fit to deface an iconic mountain like Ben Bulben.”

Banks attempted to justify the move by saying, “It’s only a temporary thing. We have all the permission from all the landowners, local landowners helping us out. There are several teenaged young men helping out, men of all ages, and women as well.

“It’s a cry from the mountain to save Ireland’s babies because no-one is listening. We want to stop this horrific, barbaric plan of the government.”

Asked if he was confident what they were doing was legal, Banks said “We are. We had a nice visit here from a nice Sergeant and he was very courteous, he was very happy with what’s going on, he came out to see.”

And there it was the very next day. Gone.

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