Friday 23 February 2018

People power can help Ibrahim win jail release, says McLynn

Pauline McLynn with fellow campaigners calling for the release of Ibrahim Halawa, inset below. Photo: Doug O’Connor
Pauline McLynn with fellow campaigners calling for the release of Ibrahim Halawa, inset below. Photo: Doug O’Connor
Allison Bray

Allison Bray

Actress Pauline McLynn is urging the Irish public to show its solidarity for jailed Irishman Ibrahim Halawa.

The comedienne, best known for her role as Mrs Doyle in the comedy series 'Father Ted', said 'people power' can help free the 21-year-old who has been languishing in an Egyptian prison since his arrest in Cairo exactly four years ago yesterday.

"It's really important that people turn up every time we have a protest to release this Irish citizen," she said.

The Firhouse native has been held captive by Egyptian authorities since he took part in a Muslim Brotherhood protest in support of ousted Egyptian president Mohamed Morsi following the 2013 coup d'etat. He and hundreds of other protesters have seen their mass trials adjourned dozens of times despite ongoing diplomatic efforts by the Irish Government.

Ms McLynn was among around 60 protesters who took part in an Amnesty International protest outside the Egyptian embassy in Dublin along with Mr Halawa's five sisters and two nieces and a nephew - who were born during his incarceration.

Irish Independent

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