The Taoiseach has said there is still no confirmation on when Ibrahim Halawa will be released from custody in Egypt.

During Taoiseach's Questions, he told the Dáil that a new passport has been issued to Mr Halawa, but there are a number of steps that have to be gone through before he can be released.

Last month, Mr Halawa was acquitted on all charges relating to mass protests in Cairo, Egypt four years ago.

Irish authorities and Mr Halawa's legal team remain in ongoing contact with the Egyptian authorities about the process, Mr Varadkar said.

He said he had also written to the Egyptian President and Minister for Foreign Affairs Simon Coveney had also been in contact with the Egyptian foreign minister.

The Department of Foreign Affairs and the embassy in Cairo are liaising closely with the Halawa family.

Mr Varadkar said there is still no confirmation on his return date, but the Halawa family have indicated that they wanted his return to be private.