Fianna Fáil Spokesperson for Dublin John Lahart says that momentum needs to be maintained to secure the release of Ibrahim Halawa.

Deputy Lahart said, “This week the Dáil passed a motion condemning the detainment of Ibrahim Halawa for almost three years without trial. The motion secured cross party support from all sides of the house. This is a welcome development, but it’s important that the momentum is maintained in this case. It can’t be allowed to fall off the agenda, particularly over the summer months when the Dáil is in recess.

“I welcome the news that the Taoiseach has spoken with the President of Egypt Mr el-Sisi and has conveyed the concerns of the Dáil regarding the repeated delays in this case. It’s imperative that high level engagement on this case is maintained and that every effort is made to ensure that the October 2nd, the next scheduled trial date, will bring resolution to this case.

“Ibrhaim and his family have suffered enormously over the last three years. They have had to endure 14 trial delays. This intolerable and inhumane situation cannot be allowed to continue indefinitely.”