5Lisa Smith has arrived back in DublinCredit: Tom Conachy
Gardaihave detained Smith at a south Dublin garda station while her daughter is being cared for by relatives.
Officials from the Department of Foreign Affairs were reporteddeployed to Turkey’s border region to retrieveThe 38 – year-old, who traveled to Syria three years ago to join the Islamic State.
Members of the Irish military and its special operations force, the Army Ranger Wing, are assisted with the operation.
According toRTE, Smith touched down this morning having traveled on Turkish Airlines flight 1975.
SMITH DETAINED AT SOUTH DUBLIN GARDA STATION
Smithwas not in custody for the four- and-a-half-hour flight but gardai 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.
In a statement this morning, Gardai said: “Today, Sunday 1st December 2019, at Dublin Airport, An Garda Síochána has arrested an Irish citizen (38 year old female) on suspicion of terrorist offences following her deportation from Turkey.
“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.”
Smith can be questioned for a maximum of three days.
Justice Minister Charlie Flanagan described the case as “sensitive” and said a multi-agency network is in place.
He said: “On her arrival in Dublin, Lisa Smith was met by An Garda Síochána. In the case of Ms. Smith’s child, established procedures for her care will be followed.
“An Garda Siocháana and the Director of Public Prosecutions are responsible for criminal investigations based on facts and evidence in all cases and it would not be appropriate for me to comment on those matters.
“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 radicalization.
“This network will coordinate engagement on a case by case basis as and when appropriate.”
The former Defense Forces member and her child had been held in a Syrian camp since February 2019 after escaping the terror group’s last enclave in Baghouz – but this was bombed and she fell into Turkish hands.
The Dundalk woman converted to Islam and traveled to Syria to join the Islamic State in 2015.
Taoiseach Leo Varadkardescribed the situation as “tricky”but added Ireland could not expect authorities in Turkey to hold her permanently.
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He said: “It is a tricky situation. And ultimately the child is an Irish citizen and deserves to be protected in my view. Ultimately we seek to protect our citizens.
“Obviously as regards to Lisa Smith, that’s a slightly different situation. But she is our citizen.
“And it wouldn’t be fair to expect the Turkish authorities to hold her indefinitely.”
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