Taoiseach to request that Ibrahim Halawa be allowed to return home


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."