Anti-war protesters march over the use of Shannon Airport by US military aircraft carrying troops and being refuelled while en route to and from Middle East bases.

Protesters marched from Shannon town to the airport terminal building, where they held a peace rally. One woman explains why she is taking part,

We’re actually fuelling the planes that are going out to the Middle East, Afghanistan and Iraq, to kill people like you and me...

Labour TD Michael D. Higgins is also present to protest,

There is no act of the Irish Dáil or Seanad which facilitates the current action that is taking place, by which I mean...soldiers arriving, on their way to Kuwait, to prepare for a war that is not authorised.

There was a heavy Garda and security presence along the route.

Graffiti was daubed on a piece of sculpture at the entrance to the airport as the protest was breaking up, but no arrests were made.

An RTÉ News report broadcast on 8 December 2002. The reporter is Cathy Halloran.