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Gerry Adams TD asks Taoiseach to raise Halawa case at EU Council meeting

16 December, 2015 - by Gerry Adams TD


Sinn Féin President Gerry Adams TD speaking in the Dáil today called on the Taoiseach Enda Kenny TD and the Minister for Foreign Affairs Charlie Flanagan TD to raise the case of Ibrahim Halawa at tomorrow’s EU Council meeting in Brussels.

Gerry Adams said:

“Yesterday the trial of Irish citizen Ibrahim Halawa in Egypt was postponed yet again. His trial has now been postponed nine times.

“Last Sunday Ibrahim marked his 20th birthday in prison, his third birthday in jail without trial.

“My party colleague, Lynn Boylan MEP, has tabled a motion in the European Parliament calling on the Egyptian authorities to release him immediately. That motion will be debated tomorrow, which I very much welcome. 

“A new trial date has been set for 19 December.

“I urge the Taoiseach and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade to raise Ibrahim's case with their EU counterparts and to ensure that maximum pressure is placed on the Egyptian Government to ensure that this Irish and EU citizen is released and allowed to return home to Dublin.”

“The Sinn Féin leader also raised the failure of the government to recognise the state of Palestinian. Mr. Adams raised the issue both under Order of Business and during pre-EU Council statements>

The Louth TD said:

“Last December the Dáil unanimously passed a motion calling for formal recognition of the Palestinian state. It also called for the government to upgrade the Palestinian Mission in Dublin to that of a full Embassy.

“None of this has happened.

“The Taoiseach recently remarked on the flying of the Palestinian flag at the United Nations in New York in September. However symbolic that event might be it does not take away from the fact that the Irish state still doesn’t recognise the Palestinian state.

“The government has an opportunity to make a positive contribution to the efforts for peace in the Middle East by demonstrating leadership on this issue. It should honour the spirit and the letter of last December’s motion and take the steps necessary to recognise the Palestinian state and accord the Palestinian Mission in Dublin full Embassy status.”

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