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Government helps Irishman held in Iraq

NewsBy Neil Fetherston
Government helps Irishman held in Iraq

The Department of Foreign Affairs is providing consular assistance to an Irishman currently being held in Iraq.

The Department of Foreign Affairs has confirmed that it is aware of the case and is providing help.

In today’s Sunday Times it is reported that he was travelling back to Europe along with two other men – both of whom are British nationals – when all three were stopped by authorities in Iraq.

It is understood the man from Laois had previously served in the British Army and travelled to the region to help Kurdish resistance fighters.

They are believed to have been detained in the Iraqi city of Erbil on Friday.

Acting minister for foreign affairs Charlie Flanagan is being kept up to date with developments in the case as they happen.

A spokesperson for the British Foreign Office said that they were in contact with local authorities in Iraq.