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.



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