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EMBASSY PROTEST: Friends of the Halawa family in Dublin demand the release of four Irish siblings detained in Egypt

EMBASSY PROTEST: Friends of the Halawa family in Dublin demand the release of four Irish siblings detained in Egypt

EMBASSY PROTEST: Friends of the Halawa family in Dublin demand the release of four Irish siblings detained in Egypt

LAST year, just before the election of Dr Mohamed Morsi, I happened to be in Egypt with a group of Irish journalists. For the first time in years, election posters appeared on every available lamppost and billboard and all the talk was of politics and "the revolution". And if some of us Irish hacks raised an eyebrow at the unbridled optimism of young men who envisaged a bright, free future ahead, we hoped it was down to our ingrained Irish pessimism and not just our experience that civil war inevitably follows revolution.

You may note that I mentioned only "young men", the fact being that I rarely got to see, let alone speak with, Egyptian women. Initially we had stayed at the southern tourist resort of Sharm El Sheik where it took a few hours to realise what was missing: females. Every single staff member was male. Where were the girls?


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