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Saturday 24 February 2018

Family of Faris ‘disappointed’ with Irish government

Faris Heeney
Faris Heeney
Emma Jane Hade

Emma Jane Hade

THE family of abducted Irish boy Faris Daniel Heeney have spoken about their disappointment in the Irish government, after their meeting with Egyptian diplomats.

Marian Heeney, the six-year-old boy’s grandmother, said that the family feels “very let down” by the lack of contact from the government, and has threatened that she will chain herself to Dail Eireann- “if that’s what it takes”.


Marian was speaking as she emerged from the Egyptian embassy in Dublin yesterday morning, after a meeting with their diplomats.


“There is no life.  It has been four years and three months since this happened to us. We are just being sent from pillar to post”.

The family are not optimistic of any breakthrough to come from yesterday’s meeting, as it has been their sixth time to go there, and revealed that up until now they have had limited contact with the Irish government.


“We have had two and three line letters just confirming your email, letter, call- saying ‘we will get back to you’.  One passes it to the other department saying it’s nothing to do with them”.


The family are calling upon the government “to talk to them”.


“The Heeney family said their life has been “on pause” since Faris was taken to Egypt in 2009 by his uncle Mostafa Ismaeil.


He is currently serving a six-year sentence for the abduction, and is due for release in April.


His father, Amir Ismaeil- and another of his brother’s, fled Ireland two weeks after the abduction- while on bail facing a charge of sexual assault.


Faris remains in Egypt with his father in the family home in Tanta, north of Cairo. 



The Heeney family are due to meet Children’s Minister, Frances Fitzgerald, next week.


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