The Irish Government must make more representations to the Australian Government and the United Nations Council on behalf of an Elphin family whose father has been imprisoned in Iraq.
That’s the view of local Fianna Fail Senator Eugene Murphy.
Engineer Robert Pether was sentenced to five years in jail and fined over 10 milllion euro following a contractual dispute between his Dubai-based company and the Iraqi government.
Robert's wife Desree says he's completely innocent and has been used as a pawn in the dispute.
She's urging the public to follow the #FreeRobert Pether campaign on Twitter to put pressure on Australian authorities and Foreign Affairs Minister to step up efforts to have him freed.
Fianna Fail Senator Eugene Murphy told Midwest News that it is a very difficult situation and the local community is trying to support the family.