Dublin joins locations across the world as millions take part in protests against a possible United States war on Iraq.
Around 100,000 people took to the streets of Dublin in what was one of the largest protests seen in the capital in decades. People travelled from the four corners of Ireland to voice their opposition to the war. Their message to the government is simple, "Peace Not War"
The march began at the Garden of Remembrance where speakers included Bishop John Kirby of Trocaire and Michael D Higgins Labour Party TD.
Addressing the rally, Michael D Higgins says,
If it wrong to visit war on a situation where half the population are children today, it will be wrong on Monday after a weekend of corruption and it will still be wrong after any resolution that suggests that it is right to go to war.
Bishop John Kirby urges the Government not to allow Shannon Airport to be used by American troops on their way to any war in the Gulf.
We believe that Shannon Airport should not be used in the circumstances of this war.
The marchers made their way down O'Connell Street and on to Iveagh House at St Stephen's Green, stopping at the Central Bank on Dame Street along the way.
At one point the head of the march was at St Stephen's Green while the end was still at the Garden of Remembrance.
Des Geraghty, President Services Industrial Professional and Technical Union (SIPTU) addressed the crowd outside the Central Bank stating,
We will not tolerate terrorism from any quarter. We won't have it from Saddam Hussein but we won't have it from George Bush.
An RTÉ News report broadcast on 15 February 2003. The reporter is Charlie Bird.