10. Deputy Gerry Adams asked the Taoiseach if he will report on his conversation with the President of Egypt, Mr. Abdel Fattah al-Sisi on 28 August 2017. (Question 40534/17 asked on 04 Oct 2017 - Irish Prisoners Abroad)

The Taoiseach: I spoke with Egyptian President, Abdel Fattah el-Sisi by telephone on Monday 28 August. The call was instigated at my request to discuss the case of an Irish citizen, Ibrahim Halawa. I emphasised the importance that the Irish Government places on this consular case and received assurances from the president that he would intervene, if necessary, following the announcement of a verdict, to ensure Ibrahim was returned home as soon as possible.
I wholeheartedly welcome the announce...

105. Deputy Bernard J. Durkan asked the Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade the degree to which he continues to monitor the situation of a person’s (details supplied) detention in Egypt; and when their repatriation will be expected. (Question 40089/17 asked on 21 Sep 2017 - Irish Prisoners Abroad)

Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade (Deputy Simon Coveney): I am sure that all members of the House joined me on Monday last, 18 September in welcoming the news from Cairo that this young Irish citizen had been acquitted at the conclusion of the trial in which he was a defendant along with almost 500 others. This young man’s name has been cleared and his innocence is confirmed. The Government’s priority now is to support this citizen and his family in every way that we can in order to ensure...

287. Deputy Thomas P. Broughan asked the Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade the status of the case of a person (details supplied) in Egypt in view of the fact that there seemed to be positive progress during July and August 2017; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 39414/17 asked on 20 Sep 2017 - Irish Prisoners Abroad)

Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade (Deputy Simon Coveney): I am sure that all members of the House joined me on Monday last, 18 September in welcoming the news from Cairo that this young Irish citizen had been acquitted at the conclusion of the trial in which he was a defendant along with almost 500 others. This young man’s name has been cleared and his innocence is confirmed.
The Government’s priority now is to support this citizen and his family in every way that we can in order to ensure...

508. Deputy Darragh O’Brien asked the Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade the next steps that the Government will take to secure the release of a person (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 38351/17 asked on 11 Sep 2017 - Irish Prisoners Abroad)

Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade (Deputy Simon Coveney): This complex consular case continues to be a top priority for the Government. The Government is doing everything it can to ensure that the Egyptian authorities are in no doubt about our determination to see this young Irish citizen returned to his home and family as soon as possible. The Government has raised this case directly with Egyptian President el-Sisi on numerous occasions, calling on him to exercise his powers under Egyptia...

248. Deputy Micheál Martin asked the Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade if he has spoken with his counterpart in Egypt regarding the continuous cancellations of a court case in regard to a person (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 31022/17 asked on 04 Jul 2017 - Irish Prisoners Abroad)

Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade (Deputy Simon Coveney): I identified this citizen’s case as an absolute priority when I was appointed to my new role, and I am determined to do everything I can to ensure that he is back in Ireland as soon as possible.
The Taoiseach and I have met in recent days with senior officials, including Ireland’s Ambassador to Egypt, to discuss this case, and we have received comprehensive briefing on all of the aspects involved.
The first Ambassador of a foreign co...

255. Deputy John Lahart asked the Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade his views on the difference in approach that the Government is taking following the Taoiseach’s comments in regard to a person (details supplied); his proposed changes in approach in securing the release of the person; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 31097/17 asked on 04 Jul 2017 - Irish Prisoners Abroad)

Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade (Deputy Simon Coveney): I identified this citizen’s case as an absolute priority when I was appointed to my new role, and I am determined to do everything I can to ensure that he is back in Ireland as soon as possible.
The Taoiseach and I have met in recent days with senior officials, including Ireland’s Ambassador to Egypt, to discuss this case, and we have received comprehensive briefing on all of the aspects involved.
The first Ambassador of a foreign co...

73. Deputy Catherine Connolly asked the Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade if he will clarify the indications he has received from President el-Sisi of Egypt that he will exercise his presidential powers to return a person (details supplied) to Ireland; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 25607/17 asked on 30 May 2017 - Irish Prisoners Abroad)

Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade (Deputy Charles Flanagan): This consular case continues to be a top priority for the Government and very substantial resources and time are being devoted to it.
The Government has been doing everything possible to secure this citizen’s release. We have supported petitions for him to be returned to Ireland under Egyptian Law 140; we have appealed for him to be released under the Egyptian President’s ‘Youth Amnesty’ Scheme, and we have stressed in all contac...

81. Deputy Bríd Smith asked the Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade if he will report on his efforts to have a person (details supplied) released from prison in Cairo; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 25655/17 asked on 30 May 2017 - Irish Prisoners Abroad)

Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade (Deputy Charles Flanagan): This consular case continues to be a top priority for the Government and very substantial resources and time are being devoted to it.
The Government has been doing everything possible to secure this citizen’s release. We have supported petitions for him to be returned to Ireland under Egyptian Law 140; we have appealed for him to be released under the Egyptian President’s ‘Youth Amnesty’ Scheme, and we have stressed in all contac...

328. Deputy Micheál Martin asked the Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade if he or the Taoiseach has spoken recently to the Prime Minister of Egypt about a person (details supplied). (Question 23024/17 asked on 30 May 2017 - Irish Prisoners Abroad)

Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade (Deputy Charles Flanagan): This consular case continues to be a top priority for the Government and very substantial resources and time are being devoted to it. In light of its exceptional circumstances, this case has seen an exceptional level of high-level political engagement, investment in terms of person-hours, consultation with third parties worldwide, and consular visits and trial monitoring. 
The Government has been doing everything possible to sec...

335. Deputy Richard Boyd Barrett asked the Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade if he will report on his efforts to have a person (details supplied) released from prison in Cairo; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 25650/17 asked on 30 May 2017 - Irish Prisoners Abroad)

Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade (Deputy Charles Flanagan): This consular case continues to be a top priority for the Government and very substantial resources and time are being devoted to it. 
The Government has been doing everything possible to secure this citizen’s release. We have supported petitions for him to be returned to Ireland under Egyptian Law 140; we have appealed for him to be released under the Egyptian President’s ‘Youth Amnesty’ Scheme, and we have stressed in all conta...

142. Deputy Catherine Connolly asked the Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade the steps being taken by his Department in the case of a person (details supplied); the specific efforts that have been taken to date to assist this person; the steps that are currently being taken to expedite an appeal, particularly in view of grave medical concerns, both physical and psychological; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 21148/17 asked on 04 May 2017 - Irish Prisoners Abroad)

Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade (Deputy Charles Flanagan): I am very aware of the extremely difficult circumstances in which this individual and his family find themselves. I have personally raised my concerns about the case, and about the health and wellbeing of the individual concerned, with my Philippines counterpart, most recently at the UN in New York last September. My Department officials in Dublin, at and our Embassy in Singapore and at our Honorary Consulate in the Philippines h...

620. Deputy Robert Troy asked the Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade the actions he is currently taking regarding the case of a person (details supplied). (Question 19921/17 asked on 02 May 2017 - Irish Prisoners Abroad)

Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade (Deputy Charles Flanagan): This consular case continues to be a top priority for the Government and very substantial resources and time are being devoted to it. This case has had an extraordinary degree of high-level political engagement, investment in terms of person-hours, consultation with third parties worldwide, and consular visits and trial monitoring. 
The Government has been doing everything possible to secure his release. We have supported petit...

629. Deputy Clare Daly asked the Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade if his attention has been drawn to the deteriorating health of a person (details supplied); the representations made by his Department to the Egyptian authorities in regard to this person’s health and their need for medical care; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 19762/17 asked on 02 May 2017 - Irish Prisoners Abroad)

Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade (Deputy Charles Flanagan): This consular case continues to be a top priority for the Government and very substantial resources and time are being devoted to it. This case has had an extraordinary degree of high-level political engagement, investment in terms of person-hours, consultation with third parties worldwide, and consular visits and trial monitoring. 
The Government has been doing everything possible to secure his release. We have supported petit...

28. Deputy Paul Murphy asked the Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade if he will report on contacts he and his officials have had with the Egyptian authorities regarding the case of a person (details supplied); if he has raised the person’s medical condition with the authorities and sought his release on these grounds; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 18698/17 asked on 12 Apr 2017 - Irish Prisoners Abroad)

Deputy Paul Murphy: I was part, with other Deputies, of a delegation to visit Ibrahim Halawa at the start of January. His situation was not good then: he was holding up but clearly desperate. Three months have since passed, another three court adjournments have taken place and, reportedly, his health has taken a significant turn for the worse. He is reportedly in a wheelchair, has been without consciousness and is possibly suffering from a very serious skin disease being spread in the prison ...

33. Deputy Catherine Connolly asked the Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade the measures he has taken to ensure the release of a person (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 18302/17 asked on 12 Apr 2017 - Irish Prisoners Abroad)

Deputy Catherine Connolly: The Minister replied to a question on Ibrahim Halawa during today’s Priority Questions but I have a duty to raise the issue again. In view of the facts that Mr. Halawa is in a wheelchair, that his glucose levels are dangerously low and that he is in solitary confinement, I must pressurise the Minister to tell us what steps are being taken and what more can be done to secure his release.
 ...

409. Deputy Ruth Coppinger asked the Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade if he will report on the welfare of a person (details supplied) currently detained in Egypt in view of renewed concerns for their health and well-being; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 17545/17 asked on 11 Apr 2017 - Irish Prisoners Abroad)

Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade (Deputy Charles Flanagan): This consular case continues to be a top priority for the Government and substantial resources and time are being devoted to it, by the Taoiseach and the Government and by my Department. Reports about this man’s health are a matter of the utmost concern to the Government. In light if these concerns the Government took the unprecedented step last month of making arrangements for an Irish doctor, nominated by the Chief Medical Off...

423. Deputy Richard Boyd Barrett asked the Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade if he will provide a further progress report on his most recent actions and communications regarding a person (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 18332/17 asked on 11 Apr 2017 - Irish Prisoners Abroad)

Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade (Deputy Charles Flanagan): This consular case continues to be a top priority for the Government and substantial resources and time are being devoted to it, by the Taoiseach and the Government and by my Department.
In light of our serious concern for this young man’s welfare, the Government took the unprecedented step last month of making arrangements for an Irish doctor, nominated by the Chief Medical Officer, to visit him in prison and to make an assessmen...

397. Deputy Seán Haughey asked the Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade if he will report on his efforts to secure the release of a person (details supplied) from prison in Egypt; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 16339/17 asked on 04 Apr 2017 - Irish Prisoners Abroad)

Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade (Deputy Charles Flanagan): This consular case continues to be a matter of top priority for the Government and exceptional levels of resources are being devoted to the provision of consular support to the citizen and his family. The Government is doing everything it possibly can in our ongoing engagement with the Egyptian authorities to seek to have this young man returned to his home and his family at the earliest possible time. 
The Government has repeat...

123. Deputy Bernard J. Durkan asked the Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade if his attention has been drawn to the deterioration in the health of a person (details supplied) who has been in prison in Egypt for considerable time; if he will re-engage with the Egyptian authorities with a view to emphasising the seriousness of the situation and the need for early release; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 14669/17 asked on 23 Mar 2017 - Irish Prisoners Abroad)

Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade (Deputy Charles Flanagan): This long-running and complex consular case continues to be a top priority for the Government and exceptional levels of resources are being devoted to the provision of consular support to the citizen and his family. The Government is doing everything it possibly can in our ongoing engagement with the Egyptian authorities to seek to have this young man returned to his home and his family at the earliest possible time. The reality...

34. Deputy Darragh O’Brien asked the Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade the new efforts his Department will make to secure the release of a person (details supplied) whose trial has been postponed for the 19th time; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 8546/17 asked on 22 Feb 2017 - Irish Prisoners Abroad)

Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade (Deputy Charles Flanagan): I propose to take Questions Nos. 34, 35, 44 and 47 together.
As I have said in this House on many occasions, this consular case continues to be a top priority for the Government and substantial resources and time are being devoted to it, by the Taoiseach, by me as Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade, by officials in my Department, by our Ambassador and his team in Cairo, and by the entire Irish diplomatic network.
The Governmen...

35. Deputy Bríd Smith asked the Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade if he will report on his latest efforts to secure the release of a person (details supplied) from Egypt. (Question 8705/17 asked on 22 Feb 2017 - Irish Prisoners Abroad)

Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade (Deputy Charles Flanagan): I propose to take Questions Nos. 34, 35, 44 and 47 together.
As I have said in this House on many occasions, this consular case continues to be a top priority for the Government and substantial resources and time are being devoted to it, by the Taoiseach, by me as Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade, by officials in my Department, by our Ambassador and his team in Cairo, and by the entire Irish diplomatic network.
The Governmen...

44. Deputy Paul Murphy asked the Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade if he will report on the most recent postponement of the trial in Egypt of a person (details supplied) and contacts his officials have had with the Egyptian authorities; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 8766/17 asked on 22 Feb 2017 - Irish Prisoners Abroad)

Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade (Deputy Charles Flanagan): I propose to take Questions Nos. 34, 35, 44 and 47 together.
As I have said in this House on many occasions, this consular case continues to be a top priority for the Government and substantial resources and time are being devoted to it, by the Taoiseach, by me as Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade, by officials in my Department, by our Ambassador and his team in Cairo, and by the entire Irish diplomatic network.
The Governmen...

47. Deputy Seán Crowe asked the Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade his views on the fact that a person’s trial (details supplied) has been postponed for the 19th time in view of the fact that the person has been convicted of no crime and his arbitrary detention and participation in a mass trial violates both Egyptian and international law; and if he will raise the case with the Egyptian Foreign Minister, Sameh Hassan Shoukry, when he attends the EU Foreign Affairs Council meeting in Malta in March 2017 to discuss the ongoing situation in Egypt. (Question 8685/17 asked on 22 Feb 2017 - Irish Prisoners Abroad)

Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade (Deputy Charles Flanagan): I propose to take Questions Nos. 34, 35, 44 and 47 together.
As I have said in this House on many occasions, this consular case continues to be a top priority for the Government and substantial resources and time are being devoted to it, by the Taoiseach, by me as Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade, by officials in my Department, by our Ambassador and his team in Cairo, and by the entire Irish diplomatic network.
The Governmen...

166. Deputy Bernard J. Durkan asked the Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade the extent to which he and his Department continue to support a person (details supplied); if it is expected that a breakthrough will be achieved resulting in their release or return here; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 9008/17 asked on 22 Feb 2017 - Irish Prisoners Abroad)

Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade (Deputy Charles Flanagan): This consular case continues to be a top priority for the Government and substantial resources and time are being devoted to it.
The Government is doing everything it possibly can to ensure that the Egyptian authorities are in no doubt about our determination to see this young man returned to his home and his family in Ireland as soon as possible.
The Irish Government has been present at and has observed every hearing in the trial...

46. Deputy Paul Murphy asked the Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade if he will report on representations made by his Department following the recent postponement of the trial of a person (details supplied) in Egypt; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 3259/17 asked on 25 Jan 2017 - Irish Prisoners Abroad)

Deputy Paul Murphy: I was part of an all-party delegation to Egypt to visit Irish citizen, Ibrahim Halawa, who has been in prison for almost three and a half years. His message to us, which was heard loud and clear, is that he wants to go home. We conveyed that strongly to the Egyptian authorities, the Egyptian President and the various Ministers and parliamentarians we met. Considering we had the 18th adjournment of the trial last Tuesday, what actions are the Government taking to follow up ...