Irish citizen Ibrahim Halawa, who has been detained without trial in Egypt for more than three-and-a-half years, is being kept alive by glucose injections according to Sinn Féin MEP Lynn Boylan.

Speaking on RTÉ's The Week In Politics, Ms Boylan said Mr Halawa's "spirit is finally broken" and his "condition has deteriorated rapidly" after embarking on another hunger strike.

The MEP for Dublin appealed for "very direct intervention" from the Irish Government, saying campaigners were "very fearful" that he may not survive until the next court date.

Mr Halawa, who is currently in a wheelchair, has had his trial postponed 19 times so far.

Ms Boylan, who has previously visited Mr Halawa in jail, said she was 'very very concerned' about his health.