The wives of striking British miners are in Ireland to fundraise and highlight the plight of their husbands.

The three visiting women were Anne Scargill wife of National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) president Arthur Scargill, along with Marsha Marshall and Maureen Exley.

We've come over here to explain to the Irish people that we're fighting for pits, we're fighting for jobs and we're fighting for communities and we would like the Irish people to help us and give support in any way they can.

Marsha Marshall Secretary of the Barnsley Women Against Pit Closures explains the need for their fundraising efforts is to make sure that striking families are fed.

Our people are hungry but they're not being starved back into submission.

The Dublin Council of Trade Unions launched a campaign to support the British miners in May. Ben Kearney says they have raised several thousand pounds. He points out that miners in both England and Wales gave a thousand pounds a week to support strikers and their families during the 1913 lockout in Dublin.

An RTÉ News report broadcast on 30 July 1984. The reporter is Reg Cullen.