The Rossport 5 have been locked up in Cloverhill Prison for over 2 months for contempt of court after they were told to stop their protest but refused.
On 29 June 2005 brothers Vincent and Philip McGrath, Willie Corduff, James Brendan Philbin, and Micheál Ó Seighin, from county Mayo were jailed for blocking the construction of a gas pipeline through their land by the multinational energy company Shell.
Introducing the wives of the five men, presenter Pat Kenny comments:
They've attacked nobody. They've mugged nobody. They've robbed nobody. What they have done is protest against the Shell Oil Company whose pipelines they do not want across their lands...For many the Rossport 5 symbolise the epic struggle of the small farmer against big business. Others say they're Luddites, standing in the way of progress and prosperity"
While the men are inside, their wives are not and they are in the audience on the Late Late Show where they speak to Pat Kenny about the plight of their husbands.
Mary Corduff, wife of Willie, comments on the impact the dispute has had on her family.
It has left my husband behind bars 66 days today... It's a nightmare
This episode of The Late Late Show was broadcast on 2 September 2005.