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WATCH: TD ejected from the Dail after raising plight of jailed Irish teen Ibrahim Halawa

Niall O'Connor Political Correspondent

Published 25/11/2015 | 13:12

Ibrahim Halaawa
Ibrahim Halaawa
Ibrahim Halawa with his sisters (Family handout/PA)

An Independent TD has been ejected from the Dáil have raising the ongoing plight of Irish teenager Ibrahim Halawa, who has been incarcerated in an Egyptian prison without trial for over two years.

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There were heated exchanges between Independent deputy Peter Mathews and Ceann Comhairle Séan Barrett after Mr Mathews tried to raise the issue with the Taoiseach.

Mr Barrett said the teenager's case could not be raised because it was not on the Order of Business.

But Mr Mathews, who lost the Fine Gael whip after voting against the party on the abortion laws, persisted with the matter and demanded that the Government request that the Egyptians issue Mr Halawa (19) with a pardon.

Mr Mathews said he met a friend of Mr Halawa on the Luas in Leopardstown today who he said was deeply upset.

But after refusing to respect the wishes of the chair, Mr Mathews was ejected from the Dáil.

Mr Kenny told him as he was leaving that Foreign Affairs Minister Charlie Flanagan will provide an update on the case this week.

Ibrahim Halawa with his sisters (Family handout/PA)
Ibrahim Halawa with his sisters (Family handout/PA)

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