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Egypt crisis: Hundreds of Irish holidaymakers face severe delays at airport

UP to 200 Irish holidaymakers in troubled Egypt are likely to face "severe difficulties and delays at the airport" as they try to get home, the Department of Foreign Affairs warned yesterday.

In a statement, the department confirmed that it had opened its crisis centre to respond to public concerns.

The protesters have called for a "million-man march" on the Interior Ministry today.

Apart from tourists, about 200 Irish citizens are resident in Egypt, mainly around Cairo, and the department yesterday urged anyone who has not already registered with them to do so immediately. "The department is examining contingency arrangements for Irish citizens."

A spokeswoman for the department said those seeking to fly out of Egypt were very likely to experience delays at the airport, which was closed for a period over the weekend.

Meanwhile, Ivor Prickett, an Irish award-winning photographer who flew into Cairo to capture the protests, said the military seemed to be taking a tougher stance with journalists and photographers.

His mother Sue, who lives in Navan, said: "We're always worried about him but he usually works in post-conflict areas." The department's crisis centre can be reached on 01-4082999 from 8am until 10pm or on 01-4780822 outside these hours.

The Embassy in Cairo can be contacted at 0020174443942 .

Irish Independent