FORMER Leinster rugby star Trevor Hogan has returned to Ireland after being held in an Israeli prison.
The 31-year-old was among several Irish campaigners who arrived in Dublin last night after their boat, the MV Saoirse, was intercepted by the Israeli navy last week.
A group of 14 Irish people were detained after they set off to break the Gaza blockade at the start of the month as part of the Freedom Waves To Gaza flotilla protest.
Hogan was among the first five campaigners, including People Before Profit councillor Hugh Lewis and Siptu activist Mags O'Brien, who left Israel yesterday. The Department of Foreign Affairs confirmed that they boarded a Lufthansa flight in Tel Aviv, heading to Germany, where they got a connection to Dublin. They arrived home shortly after midnight.
The Tanaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs Eamon Gilmore said this morning that the Government would be in touch with Israeli authorities as he had some "concerns" over the events.
However, he insisted that their priority was "to ensure that the 14 were not in any way mistreated".