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Ireland Irish call to expel diplomat over Halawa

17:51  12 october  2017
17:51  12 october  2017 Source:   bbc.com

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A former Irish justice minister has called for Egypt's ambassador to be expelled from Dublin unless Ibrahim Halawa is released from a Cairo jail. Although he was acquitted in September, Irish diplomats have been prevented from meeting with him.

More than 20 countries are expelling Russian diplomats over the poisoning of a Russian ex-spy in the UK. In a statement, the ministry called each diplomat a "persona non grata" and said the pair's activities were "not compliant to their diplomatic status."

Ibrahim Halawa was 17 when he was imprisoned in 2013 © BBC Ibrahim Halawa was 17 when he was imprisoned in 2013 A former Irish justice minister has called for Egypt's ambassador to be expelled from Dublin unless Ibrahim Halawa is released from a Cairo jail.

Alan Shatter said the Ambassador Soha Gendi should be removed if Mr Halawa is not released by the end of the week.

He was acquitted of charges including inciting violence, riot and sabotage last month but remains behind bars.

The Department of Foreign Affairs would not comment on whether the ambassador would be expelled.

Ibrahim, Fatima, Omaima and Somaia Halawa: Ibrahim Halawa was arrested along with his sisters Fatima, Omaima and Somaia © PA Ibrahim Halawa was arrested along with his sisters Fatima, Omaima and Somaia Irishman Ibrahaim Halawa, 21, was arrested during a siege at a mosque in Cairo in 2013.

Former garda accused of killing 'drunk' man claims he was defending himself after anti-Irish slur

  Former garda accused of killing 'drunk' man claims he was defending himself after anti-Irish slur A former garda accused of causing fatal brain injuries to a drunk man in an attack has claimed he was defending himself after being called a "big Irish b*****d".Oliver Hurley (64) claims he only gave Manolito Chando (56) a "tiny push" as he was blocking the doors of an elevator after threatening him at a Salvation Army hostel in London, the Irish Daily Star reports.

Irish call to expel diplomat over Halawa . I really don't know what to say about this other than I hope no one with authority now is taking this call seriously. Let Egypt deal with the Egyptian.

Gerry Adams, the former Sinn Fein leader and an instrumental figure in the Northern Ireland peace process, has called on the Irish government to expel the Israeli ambassador. The time for excuses is long over ,” Adams said.

His trial got under way in August, having been adjourned more than 20 times. 

Although he was acquitted in September, Irish diplomats have been prevented from meeting with him.

The Department of Foreign Affairs has said that, despite initial delays, the Irish Embassy in Cairo had now received authorisation for a consular visit and arrangements are being made to "undertake a visit in the coming days".

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has written to the Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi requesting his assistance to hasten Mr Halawa's release.

Christmas travel chaos looms as Irish Rail workers vote in favour of industrial action .
The move comes after a dispute with management of the State transport company over wages .SIPTU TEAC Division Organiser, Greg Ennis, said: “SIPTU representatives will meet with officials of the four other trade unions in the Irish Rail Group of Unions this afternoon at 2.30pm to agree a campaign of targeted industrial action.“It was always only as a last resort that our 1,900 members in Irish Rail said that they would initiate industrial action. "However, due to the intransigent and combative attitude displayed by management over recent weeks, they have no alternative.

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