The trial of a Dublin man held in an Egyptian prison for over two years has been adjourned again until January 9.
Ibrahim Halawa was only 17 when he was arrested in Cairo in 2013 and faces the death penalty.
His family, MEPs and human rights activists have been campaigning for the 20-year-old’s release, as he awaits a mass trial with 400 other defendants.
Ireland’s Minister for Foreign Affairs Charlie Flanagan said he was disappointed by this latest delay.
“I remain very concerned about the length of time that Ibrahim has spent in detention and I have conveyed this concern directly to the Egyptian government,” he said.
Last Thursday, the European Parliament voted 566 to 11 in favour of a resolution calling on the Egyptian government for his immediate release.
Egyptian authorities allege he attended two illegal protests in August 2013, but Mr Halawa denies the charges, saying he took refuge from violence between security forces and protestors in the Cairo mosque.
Mr Halawa was on a family holiday to Egypt when he and his three sisters were arrested, but they have since been allowed to return home.