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17th May 2018

Sligo County Council issue updated statement on Ben Bulben

Carl Kinsella


Sligo County Council has this afternoon issued an updated statement on the giant “No” sign on the side of Ben Bulben.

The sign, which argues in favour of a No vote in next week’s Eighth Amendment referendum, has been the source of great controversy in Ireland since early Thursday morning when it was erected.

Sligo for Life, the group behind the sign, told Niall Delaney of Ocean FM that they were confident they were acting within the law and had obtained the necessary permissions to put up the sign.

Sligo County Council originally responded to complaints on Twitter by saying “As the land where the lettering was placed is commonage, Sligo County Council has no role in this matter.”

The council has now issued an updated statement: “Sligo County Council has received a number of complaints in relation to the signage on the Benbulben mountain.”

“The Council considered that any issues arising from the erecting of this signage can only be dealt with under Planning legislation. The matter therefore is now subject to investigation by the Planning Enforcement Section.”

“As with all complaints received, these will be investigated by enforcement staff in accordance with the provisions of planning legislation.”

The statement can be read in full below.

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