Fianna Fáil Spokesperson on Foreign Affairs and Trade, Darragh O’Brien TD has said that the ongoing ordeal suffered by 21 year old Irishman, Ibrahim Halawa should be concluded as swiftly as possible.

Today marks the fourth anniversary of Ibrahim’s arrest in Cairo during anti-government protests. He now enters his fifth year of detention in Egyptian jail.

O’Brien commented, “This situation remains deeply traumatising, not only for Ibrahim but also for his family and loved ones. It is clear that the past 4 years of detention have taken a toll on his wellbeing.

“I had the opportunity to speak with Ibrahim in person while on a diplomatic trip to Cairo earlier this year and it was clear that he was enduring severe distress and suffering.

“It is crucially important that high level engagement with Egyptian authorities is maintained to ensure his release before it draws closer to 1,500 days spent without freedom.

“I am in regular contact with the Halawa family and the Ambassador of the Arab Republic of Egypt to voice our vehement opposition to this long running situation.

“Fianna Fáil remains committed to securing Ibrahim’s release and ending this unacceptable infringement of his basic human rights,” concluded the Deputy.