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In what will be Ibrahim Halawa's first big television interview since returning to Ireland last week, the ex-prisoner has announced that he will appear on this Friday's Late Late Show.

The 21-year-old, who was released last month, had spent four years in an Egyptian jail after he was arrested during a Muslim Brotherhood demonstration in Cairo in 2013.

The Firhouse native, who was just 17-years-old at the time, was among hundreds of protestors who were arrested at the demonstration.

Ibrahim's trail was famously adjourned 25 times before he was eventually acquitted of all charges.

Taking to Facebook yesterday, he told his friends to “stay tuned” to hear his story.

The post has been liked over 250 times and people have been leaving the Dubliner messages of support ahead of the appearance.

“Will be watching from Australia on RTÉ player!,” one person wrote.

Another said: “Wish you luck on the show Ibrahim. It's a good thing to do and the injustice that was done to you should be heard by everyone.”

This week's Late Late Show will also feature a pre-recorded interview with Conor McGregor, during which the MMA star issues an apology after he was slammed for using a homophobic slur in a viral video.

Tune in to RTÉ One this Friday at 9:35pm.



Ibrahim Halawa is on his way back to Ireland this morning, after spending four years in prison in Egypt.

The Dublin native was finally acquitted last month, after being charged with involvement in a protest in Cairo. 

The 21-year-old was just 17 at the time of his detainment. 

He was released on Thursday and will land back in Ireland today. 

'Finally on my way home :)' he captioned an Instagram and Facebook post.

'Thank you to everyone who has caused this moment I love you all so much.'

'Looking forward to finally coming home 🙂 I will arrive Dublin at 11!'

Ibrahim's trail was adjourned 25 times in the last four years. 


Ibrahim Halawa could return to Ireland by the middle of this week, according to Simon Coveney.

The Minister for Foreign Affairs made the comments on RTÉ'S Morning Ireland today, revealing that a number of factors were to blame for his delayed release, namely the timing of the verdict, which conincided with the Muslim New Year.

The 21-year-old has been in jail in Egypt since 2013, when he was arrested during a Muslim Brotherhood demonstration in Cairo.

The Firhouse native, who was just 17-years-old at the time, was among hundreds of protestors who were arrested at the demonstration.

His three sisters were also arrested, but were later released on bail.

Last Monday's acquittal came after Ibrahim's trail was adjourned 25 times.

Simon Coveney explained how the prosecutor's office must formally inform the prison office before Ibrahim can be released, but said a letter has been drafted and things should move quickly going forward.

“Once he moves from the prison service to the security directorate, the rest will happen very quickly – that's what we're told.”

“And we're hoping that that may happen as soon as later on today. So I would be very hopeful and confident that we would see Ibrahim home before the middle of the week.”



After four years spent in an Egyptian prison, Dublin native, Ibrahim Halawa, has been acquitted of all charges and is expected to be released in the following days.

The 21-year-old was among hundreds of protestors who were arrested during a Muslim Brotherhood demonstration in Cairo in August 2013. He has just 17-years-old at the time.

The verdict comes after Ibrahim’s trail was adjourned 25 times due to the complications of a mass trail.

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has said he “wholeheartedly welcomes this conclusion,” and will facilitate his return to Ireland at the “earliest opportunity”.

“I want to acknowledge the consular and diplomatic work undertaken on Ibrahim’s behalf by the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade and the Irish Embassy in Cairo throughout this lengthy process. Following today’s verdict, they will continue to assist Ibrahim and his family to ensure he gets home as soon as possible.”



Leo Varadkar has said he intends to ask the Egyptian President, Abdel Fattah el-Sisi, to allow Ibrahim Halawa to return to Ireland after his trial on Monday.

The Taoiseach is due to speak with the Egyptian leader on the phone tomorrow, and has said that it is his, “hope and expectation that once the trail is over he will be sent home to Ireland.”

At just 21-years-old, the Dublin native has been in prison in Egypt since 2013 after he was arrested during a political demonstration in Cairo.

Speaking to RTÉ News, Varadkar admitted he is wary about raising expectations but insisted “the government cares a lot about this case.”

Ibrahim's sister, Nosayba, says her brother has high hopes for the coming days.

"My brother was visiting him today and I spoke with my brother and he said Ibrahim's hopes were very very high," she said.

"I hope what we hear on Monday meets our expectation."

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