The Foreign Affairs Minister has welcomed indications Ibrahim Halawa's mass trial is entering its final stages. The 21-year-old Dubliner has been held in prison in Egypt for almost four years after being arrested at a political protest while on holiday.
The Firhouse native has now been held for 46 months without conviction – with the trial adjourned for the 25th time this afternoon.
There have been serious concerns over Ibrahim's health and welfare in recent months - and in April a doctor sent by the Irish government recommended his release.
Amnesty International has declared him a Prisoner of Conscience.
Ibrahim is facing trial alongside hundreds of other defendants for his alleged part in protests against the ousting of Egypt's former president Mohammed Morsi in August 2013.
Following today's hearing, Foreign Affairs Minister Simon Coveney said the prosecution's case will likely be completed at the next hearing this Sunday 9th July - with just five more witnesses due to take the stand.
"I welcome the indications that the trial is now progressing into its final stages," said Minister Coveney.
"The Irish Government cannot intervene in a case that is before the Egyptian courts.
"What we can do, and what we are doing, is redoubling our efforts to ensure that the Egyptian authorities fulfil the clear commitment which they have given us to resolve this issue as soon as the trial ends - and return Ibrahim Halawa to Ireland."
An eight-member delegation of Oireachtas members travelled to Egypt to discuss Ibrahim's case at the beginning of the year.
Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi reportedly indicated to delegation that Ibrahim will be released following the trial.
President el-Sisi told the Irish politicians that, although he was unwilling to intervene while the trial was ongoing, he would use his power to ensure Ibrahim's "safe and speedy return" to Ireland when the process was complete.
Minister Coveney said he had discussed the case with the Egyptian Ambassador in Dublin, Ms Soha Gendi adding that he expects to discuss the case with the country's foreign minister soon.
He said he is determined to do everything in his power to "make sure that Ibrahim Halawa is back home in Ireland with his family as soon as possible.”