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Ms Smith seen covered by a pink blanket as she disembarks from the plane
Lisa Smith, 38, originally from Dundalk in Co Louth, Ireland, was arrested as she landed with her two-year-old daughter at Dublin Airport - four years after she became radicalised and went to live in Syria

ISIS bride Lisa Smith has been arrested on suspicion of terror offences - minutes after she arrived in Ireland. The 38-year-old was detained by police after landing at Dublin Airport this morning.

Ms Smith, originally from Dundalk in Co Louth, Ireland, and her two-year-old daughter, disembarked from the aircraft at around 10.30am, where police were waiting.

Her daughter is being cared for by her family in Ireland while Ms Smith is questioned at a Dublin police station.

The mum was deported from Turkey early on Sunday and put on the first scheduled Turkish Airlines flight to to the Irish capital.


The former member of the Irish military, who once accompanied an ex-president and leader of Ireland on foreign trips as a member of the Defence Forces, had been living in a Syrian refugee camp. She went to the war-torn Middle Eastern country in 2015 after converting to Islam and becoming radicalised.

ISIS bride Lisa Smith

ISIS bride Lisa Smith
Irish police said: "Today, Sunday 1st December 2019, at Dublin Airport, An Garda Siochana has arrested an Irish Citizen (38 year old female) on suspicion of terrorist offences following her deportation from Turkey.

She had been living in a Syrian refugee camp with her daughter

"She is currently being detained at a South Dublin Garda station under the provisions of Section 30 of the Offences against the State Act, 1939 as amended.

"A child, also an Irish citizen, was in the company of the female and is now being cared for by relatives."

Ms Smith has denied being involved in violence.

Irish broadcaster RTE said she was accompanied by three consular officials from the Department of Foreign Affairs, members of the Army Ranger Wing, and a Turkish security officer on the flight.

She was not in custody for the four-and-a-half-hour journey but Irish police were waiting at Dublin airport for the plane's arrival. She was transported in a dark-coloured van to a police station in Dublin.

Her daughter was born in Syria but is an Irish citizen. Ms Smith has said the father of her child was a suspected member of IS who died last year.

She held a relatively lowly role in the Defence Forces but worked on the official Irish Government jet. She accompanied former president Mary Robinson and then Taoiseach Bertie Ahern on journeys.

Significant numbers of Europeans left for Syria to fight for and against IS during a bloody war which destroyed the Middle Eastern country and produced millions of refugees.
ISIS bride Lisa Smith

Lisa Smith is originally from Dundalk in Co Louth, Ireland
Irish Taoiseach Leo Varadkar said Ms Smith should have the right of return to Ireland and that removing her citizenship would not be right or compassionate.

She is being questioned by police

Justice Minister Charlie Flanagan said: "This is a sensitive case and I want to reassure people that all relevant State agencies are closely involved.

"A multi-agency network is in place here comprising agency personnel who engage on an ongoing basis with international colleagues regarding emerging practice in relation to the complex issue of radicalisation.

"This network will co-ordinate engagement on a case by case basis as and when appropriate."

In Britain, captured British Islamic State fighters will be brought back to the UK to be put on trial if it is the best place for them to face justice, the national security adviser has said.

Shamima Begum, the Bethnal Green schoolgirl who fled to Syria to join IS in 2015, was stripped of her British citizenship by then-home secretary Sajid Javid, prompting her to take legal action against the UK.

Her daughter is being cared for by relatives. Ms Begum claims she married Dutch convert Yago Riedijk 10 days after arriving in IS territory.

She told The Times that she left Raqqa in January 2017 with her husband but her children, a one-year-old girl and a three-month-old boy, had both since died. Her third child died shortly after he was born.