Wednesday 26 October 2016

Editorial: Irish citizen Ibrahim Halawa in Egypt jail must not be forgotten

ibrahim halawa
ibrahim halawa

August 17 next will mark two years since Dublin teenager Ibrahim Halawa was arrested in Egypt on terror charges.

Since then the 19-year-old has been detained without trial, despite constantly protesting his innocence.

This week his trial, alongside 490 other accused, was postponed for the eight time.

The young man’s family have said that he is contemplating suicide, such is his desperation at this point.

Campaigners for Mr Halawa’s release state that there is no evidence linking him to the crimes he’s accused of.

For its part, the Irish Government has stated that while it’s concerned at the ongoing delays to his trial due process should be observed. This is all very well, but how can anyone get a fair trial when they are accused with 490 others?

There are very serious questions to be asked of the Egyptian government in this case, but our Government is sticking to a softly-softly approach.

Ibrahim Halawa is an Irish citizen. A stronger line must be taken.


Ireland are the true winners

Team Ireland arrive home from Los Angeles today with a haul of 86 medals from the Special Olympics World Games.

The Irish athletes put in some amazing performances over the course of last week, claiming 26 gold medals, 29 silver and 31 bronze.

The Irish went out on a high with a victory in basketball, defeating Mexico in a nail-biting final.

But this was just one great performance in a week that was packed with them.

It wasn’t just the medal-winners who shone in the California sun. Every Irish athlete did themselves and their country proud.

Special Olympics Ireland CEO Matt English described it as one of the most successful World Games ever and it’s hard to disagree.

Well done to all involved, it was a magnificent Games for Ireland.

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