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Statement by President Higgins on the release of Mr Bernard Phelan

Date: Fri 12th May, 2023 | 15:30

“May I thank all of those, on all sides, who have worked to secure this positive outcome for Bernard Phelan and his family.

Mr Phelan’s release will come as a particular relief to Bernard’s father, Vincent, with whom I have been in correspondence, and to all of his family and friends who have worked with such dignity to secure his return home.

As President of Ireland, I strongly welcome his release by the Iranian authorities, after what I know has been a very distressing time.”