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Statement in relation to Irish citizens in detention in Cairo

Consular, Minister Joe Costello, Press Releases, Middle East and North Africa, 2013

A consular official from the Irish Embassy in Cairo visited the four members of the Halawa family at a detention centre in Cairo earlier today.

Welcoming the development, Minister of State at the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, Joe Costello T.D., said:

“I’m glad that we’ve been able to report that they are in good spirits. Officials are in contact with the family here in Dublin and relayed this information to them immediately. Our primary concern has always been for the welfare of the four siblings, and it's good that we’ve managed to establish access to them. While this information will come as a relief to their family, obviously they are still in detention, and unfortunately the situation in relation to legal proceedings against them is unclear at present”.

The Embassy of Ireland in Cairo continues to liaise with the Egyptian authorities on this matter.