Government could hire private jet to fly freed Ibrahim Halawa home to Ireland
The Government is considering hiring a private jet to fly Ibrahim Halawa home to Ireland as quickly as possible.
Diplomats efforts are underway to ensure a "swift and smooth" journey home for the Dubliner.
Officials could not say how much a jet might cost but it is likely to be tens of thousands of Euro.
A government spokesperson today credited Mr Halawa’s acquittal to the "campaigning and lobbying" by the Department of Foreign Affairs.
However, he denied that Ireland sought to influence the Egyptian judicial process.
The spokesperson said "no formal deal" was done with the authorities but said Mr Halawa’s case was "raised repeatedly to an unprecedented level".
Officials are now engaged in talks with Egyptian diplomats about the quickest way of getting the Dubliner home.