Local Green Party TD Catherine Martin has expressed her disappointment following the adjournment of Ibrahim Halawa’s trial in Egypt for the 19th time. Ibrahim’s next trial date has been set for 22nd March.

Speaking following the news, Green Party Deputy Leader Catherine Martin TD said: “This is a bitterly disappointing blow for Ibrahim after the visit to Egypt of the Oireachtas delegation recently. We have been told that Ibrahim will be returned home to Ireland as soon as his trial finishes, but this is a very hollow promise if a trial never happens. It is vitally important that this process is brought to an end.

“We will continue to work with the Government to ensure that the maximum pressure is applied to the Egyptian authorities by both our own diplomatic offices in Cairo, and through the European Union’s representatives in Egypt.”