Kerry senator urges Taoiseach to intervene in Halawa case

A Kerry senator says the Irish government needs to do more to ensure justice is done in the case of an Irish citizen who has been awaiting trial in an Egyptian jail for the past two years. Fianna Fáil Senator Mark Daly from Kenmare Ibrahim Halawa has been in jail in Cairo for almost two years following his detention at a protest during the military coup in Egypt in 2013. His trial has been set for October along with hundreds of others and he is facing the death penalty. Amnesty International says Mr Halawa is a prisoner of conscience and the Halawa family has appealed to the government here to intervene on his behalf. Fianna Fáil senator Mark Daly says the Foreign Affairs minister can only do so much and now the Taoiseach needs to contact his Egyptian counterpart: [audio_player src=””]