Ibrahim Halawa's release from prison delayed

Mr Halawa's family say it could be next week before he returns to Ireland

It could be next week before Ibrahim Halawa returns home to Ireland.

His family has said a two-day public holiday in Egypt has led to a delay in the process releasing him from prison.

The 21-year-old from Firhouse in Dublin has been in an Egyptian jail since 2013 after being arrested during a protest against the ousting of former Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi.

Mr Halawa’s case was delayed 28 times before his legal team were permitted to launch a defence.

He was cleared of all charges on Monday.

His three sisters Somaia, Fatima and Omaima were also arrested during the protests – but were allowed to return home to Dublin.

They were tried in absentia and were also cleared of all charges this week.

Following the verdict the Government said it was working to get Ibrahim home 'as soon as possible' and expected him to be released from custody 'without delay.'

Reports during the week suggested the government jet could be used to bring him home. A government spokesperson said a number of options were being discussed with his family.

Speaking today, the family said they have not had to chance to speak to him as yet, however they understand he is in good spirits and is looking forward to coming home.

With reporting from Stephanie Grogan ...