Ibrahim Halawa spending 1,000th day behind bars in Egypt

The Green Party's Catherine Martin is calling on the new Government to take immediate action

The new Government is being urged to ramp up efforts to get Ibrahim Halawa released from prison in Egypt.

Today marks one thousand days since the Dubliner was put behind bars in 2013.

He has been held since he was arrested for taking part in a protest in Cairo in August 2013, and is due to appear in court again in June.

Ibrahim's trial has been postponed more than a dozen times, and Amnesty International has named Ibrahim a prisoner of conscience.

The Irish Government, the European Parliament, and the United Nations have all called for his release.

Deputy leader of the Green Party, Catherine Martin, says Ibrahim has been let down by the State.

"Justice delayed is justice denied," she said. "It's unimaginable to think what his family are going through.

"My heart goes out to his family, and I think it's time for the Irish Government to step up to the mark and quit playing softball - it's time for hardball, and look for the immediate release of Ibrahim," Deputy Martin added.

She also suggested Ibrahim is not getting the necessary assistance and protection outlined on all Irish passports:

Sinn Féin's Lynn Boylan is also calling for the Government to seek Ibrahim's release.

The MEP has visited Halawa in prison, and said, "I found him to be a young Dub, born and bred here, being detained without trial. Please remember him today by contacting your public representatives and the Egyptian Embassy seeking his release".