Members of a cross-party delegation group of TDs have described as "useful and productive" a meeting with the Egyptian president about the ongoing imprisonment without trial of Irish citizen Ibrahim Halawa.

Mr Halawa, who is from Firhouse in Dublin was arrested at a protest in Cairo in 2013 and his trial has been postponed 17 times.

Green party leader, Eamon Ryan, who is a member of the delegation in Cairo, said the meeting lasted 50 minutes and President Abdul el Sissi was the first to raise the issue of Mr Halawa's imprisonment.

Members of the delegation outlined their views, reiterated their concerns, and called for his return to Dublin.

The Halawa family has been informed that the focus of the meeting was their brother.

The son of Ireland's most senior Muslim cleric, Mr Halawa was arrested in a mosque during disturbances in Cairo in August 2013 and has been imprisoned ever since.

The delegation met with Mr Halawa in prison in Egypt earlier this week.

Ceann Comhairle Seán Ó Fearghail said Mr Halawa "looked healthy and was in very good spirits despite being deeply frustrated" by his situation.