‘A bridge too far’ – anger on both sides of de­bate at huge ‘No’ sign built on Ben Bul­ben

Irish Independent - - News / Debate The Eighth - Kyle Ewald

A TEAM of 20 pro-life cam­paign­ers in Co Sligo con­structed a gi­ant ‘No’ slo­gan on Ben Bul­ben mountain in a move that has pro­voked con­tro­versy.

A priest from a nearby par­ish de­scribed the plac­ing of the sign as a “bridge too far”.

The sign, which is clearly vis­i­ble around the area of Grange, has met with neg­a­tive re­ac­tion on both sides of the campaign within the north Sligo com­mu­nity.

Fr Christy McHugh said: “We don’t need this kind of thing to make a point.”

Mean­while, Sligo county coun­cil­lor and Grange na­tive Cllr Marie Casserly said the sign had only proved to get peo­ple’s backs up.

“It cer­tainly has an­noyed peo­ple on both sides and I have got­ten calls from both sides. It’s not good for the campaign and it’s not good for the area,” she said.

How­ever, speak­ing to Ocean FM’s Niall De­laney yes­ter­day morn­ing, Tommy Banks of Sligo for Life said: “It’s a cry from the moun­tains to save Ire­land’s ba­bies be­cause no one is lis­ten­ing.”

Mr Banks, who was one of 20 who had been up since 4am yes­ter­day to con­struct the sign, said it was “hor­rific to think that we have to do this”.

Mean­while, the Na­tional Parks and Wildlife Ser­vice said in re­la­tion to the erec­tion of the sign: “The own­ers should pro­cure its im­me­di­ate re­moval so that Ben Bul­ben is re­turned un­dam­aged to its nat­u­ral and beloved state.”

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