A team of pro-life campaigners have erected a giant 'NO' sign overnight on the side of Sligo's Ben Bulben mountain, leaving commuters with a surprise this morning.
Ocean FM talked to the group of 20 this morning, who told the radio station that they were "forced to do it because they can’t get their message across" and insist that the sign will stay up until after May 25 for the polling day.
Some people on Twitter have compared the sign to those placed on the mountain during the Troubles, when messages such as ‘H Blocks’ and ‘Brits out’ were painted on the mountain.
The sign is made with plastic sheeting and the group were reportedly working on the mountain since 4am.
Tommy Banks, member of Sligo for Life No Campaign was one of the organisers of the sign and said it's ‘a cry from the mountain’
He told Ocean FM that "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."
Host Niall Delaney said to Banks that "You don't have to 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."
A massive ‘No’ sign in the process of being erected on Ben Bulben mountain this morning as Referendum debate cranks up. Shades of ‘Brits Out’ sign in the 80’s #Together4Yes #loveboth #8thAmendment #sligo #benbulben pic.twitter.com/NZF4LtfOIj
— Niall Delaney (@OceanNWT) May 17, 2018
Sligo County Council have said that they have 'no role' in the matter
As the land where the lettering was placed is commonage, Sligo County Council has no role in this matter
— Sligo County Council (@sligococo) May 17, 2018
The most recent referendum poll by The Irish Times shows that the Yes side leads by 58% to 42%, although support has recently dropped since the previous poll.
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