The prosecution in the trial of Ibrahim Halawa, the Irish man on trial in Egypt over a protest almost four years ago, has made its closing presentation.

The next hearing in the case will take place on 1 August 2017.

Mr Halawa, from Firhouse in Dublin, 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.

In a statement, Minister for Foreign Affairs Simon Coveney welcomed the latest development in the protracted trial.

"The defendants and their lawyers will now have their opportunity to set out their arguments responding to the prosecution case and evidence," he said.

Mr Coveney and Taoiseach Leo Varadkar met with the Halawa family last week.

The minister said that during that meeting he told the family that the case "will remain our highest priority until it is resolved."