The sisters of Ibrahim Halawa have described their recognition at an awards ceremony as a "complete surprise."
They were presented with a Special Recognition Award by their brother at the Irish Tatler Women of the Year Awards in Dublin last night for their work in securing his release from an Egyptian prison.
The 21 year old from Firhouse was detained for four years after being arrested at a protest in Cairo, but he was later acquitted of all charges and returned to Ireland earlier this week.
Fatima Halawa said how hard the last four years have been:
"The past four years have been very hard and very difficult in all aspects of our lives."
"When your younger sibling is detained behind bars, it puts a barrier for you even to move on."
"We were so sure that he'd be returned home but we didn't know how long that would take."
"We couldn't have done it without the help of every individual that supported us - they were the back bone of allowing that to actually happen."