Fianna Fáil Spokesperson on Foreign Affairs and Trade, Darragh O’Brien TD has expressed his concern regarding the deterioration in the health of Ibrahim Halawa, who has being detained in Egypt without trial for over three years.

His comments come as the trial of Ibrahim has been postponed last week for the twentieth time.

“Ibrahim’s life is at risk, and the current inertia in having his case dealt with is further jeopardising his health and well being. This situation is deeply traumatising, not only for Ibrahim but also for his family.” he added.

“During a recent diplomatic trip to Cairo I had the opportunity to speak to Ibrahim in prison and I urged him to end his hunger strike. While I and my Party very much welcome the news that an independent medical expert will travel to Egypt to assess Ibrahim’s health, it is clear that the Government must step up and do more.

“I am calling on the Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade and the Government to make every effort to ensure Ibrahim’s health is monitored and that he receives appropriate medical attention. Furthermore, the Government must utilise every channel and mechanism available to them to secure Ibrahim’s release.’

“It is absolutely crucial that our vehement opposition to this now indefensible situation is communicated to the Egyptian authorities in the strongest terms. Ibrahim’s case must kept to the fore,” concluded the Deputy.