Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has scheduled a phone call with the Egyptian President on Monday, in which he will ask that Irishman Ibrahim Halawa be allowed to return home after his trial.

Mr Halawa was jailed after being arrested during protests in Cairo in August 2013 and hearings related to that arrest have been adjourned and delayed repeatedly since then. However, a verdict is expected on Monday.

Speaking in Kilkenny, Mr Varadkar said that it is his hope and expectation that Mr Halawa will be sent home when the trials ends. 

"Certainly the Government is very keen to insure that Ibrahim Halawa can return to Ireland as soon as possible," he said.

"The Egyptian government has always said that they cannot interfere in a trial in the same way an Irish government cannot interfere in the court process.

"We will do everything we can to enable him to come home."

Mr Varadkar expressed some caution about the outcome however, saying there have been false dawns before but the Government is very keen on his return to Ireland as soon as possible.

In a statement, the Halawa family said it hopes that the Government can uphold its promise in bringing Mr Halawa home, as other political prisoners have returned to their families years ago.

The family said it welcomes the fact that Mr Varadkar will be speaking with the Egyptian President on Monday as they hear a verdict.