Thousands take part in the March For Survival, a protest against nuclear weapons.

Organised by the Irish Campaign For Nuclear Disarmament (CND), the 'March For Survival' is one of many anti-nuclear protests taking place today in cities throughout Europe.   

People from all over Ireland travelled to Dublin for the protest, which commenced at the Garden of Remembrance at Parnell Square.  Led by Lord Mayor of Dublin Alderman Michael Keating, who was joined by TDs Ruairi Quinn and Pronsias De Rossa, the protestors marched through Dublin city centre to the Department of Foreign Affairs in Saint Stephen’s Green.  

Vice chairman of CND Pat Comerford hands in a letter of protest to the Department of Foreign Affairs, 

Calling on the government to support the United Nations call for a freeze on all nuclear weapons and for the destruction of all existing stocks.

The 4,000 strong crowd listened to speeches by the president of the Irish CND Seán MacBride, Irish Congress of Trade Unions (ICTU) general secretary John Carroll, Northern Ireland Trade Unionist Inez McCormack, and artist Robert Ballagh.  

Lord Mayor of Dublin Alderman Michael Keating believes that ordinary people want world peace to come about.  A march like this sends a clear message to those in power, 

Stop this mad race before it’s too late.

An RTÉ News report broadcast on 22 October 1983.  The reporter is Charlie Bird.