Latest: Parks and Wildlife Service condemns 'insensitive' 100 foot ‘No’ sign on Ben Bulben mountain

Update - 3.45pm: The National Parks and Wildlife Service has condemned the 100 foot ‘No’ sign on the side of Ben Bulben mountain in Sligo and has asked for its immediate removal.

In a statement, the body, which is part of the Heritage Division of the Department of Arts, Heritage, Regional, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs, said that the "insinuation of alien materials...onto a special area of conservation is insensitive to its conservation status and incompatible with the habitat".

It called for the immediate removal of the sign from the mountain so that "Ben Bulben is returned undamaged to its natural and beloved state".

Source: Twitter user, @N_Five_One_B_U

Earlier: Pro-life group places 100 foot ‘No’ sign on the side of Ben Bulben mountain in Sligo

11.15am: A huge NO sign has emerged on Ben Bulben mountain in County Sligo.

The 100-foot sign, which is made out of plastic cladding, was placed on the North facing side of the mountain with the landowner's permission at 4 am this morning.

Speaking exclusively to Ocen FM’s North West Today Programme, member of the Silgo for Life No Campaign, Tommy Banks said people are outraged by the proposal to repeal the 8th amendment.

Listen to his interview in full here:

According to Ocean FM presenter, Naill Delaney, political messages have been previously placed on the mountain over the years.

During The Troubles in the 1970s and 80s messages such as ‘H Blocks’ and ‘Brits out’ were spotted.

Update:Sligo County Council has since taken to Twitter to say that the land where the lettering was placed is commonage, therefore they have no role in the matter.

By Anna O'Donoghue

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