Irish Isil suspect arrested in Dublin after being deported from Turkey

Police have arrested an Irish woman accused of being a member of the so-called Islamic State terror group after she arrived in Dublin by plane on Sunday.

Lisa Smith, a 38-year-old former soldier in the Irish Defence Force, is accused of travelling to Syria and joining the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (Isil). 

Ms Smith had been living with her child in a Syrian refugee camp where she said in a series of interviews that she would like to return to Ireland.  

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She was deported from Turkey on a Turkish Airlines flight which arrived around 1030am at Dublin airport, where she was detained by police officers.

"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," an Irish police spokesman said.

"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."

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. She was not in custody for the four-and-a-half-hour flight but Irish police were waiting at Dublin airport for the plane’s arrival.

Images of her arrival showed her covered in a pink blanket as she was taken from the plane in heavy rain. Her daughter was born in Syria but is an Irish citizen.

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