Irish 'ISIS Bride' Arrested on Return to Ireland From Turkey

Lisa Smith covering her face with a pink blanket as she steps off Turkish Airlines flight 1975. Credit Mark Condren

"It is anticipated that two Irish citizens, Lisa Smith and her daughter will return to Ireland this weekend", Varadkar told reporters.

"She is now being detained at a south Dublin Garda station under the provisions of Section 30 of the Offences against the State Act, 1939 as amended". While there were several who reportedly fled Europe to join the Islamic State in the Middle East, Smith has denied her role in instigating any kind of violence.

Members of Ms Smith's family were at Kevin Street garda station in Dublin to support her yesterday while she was being questioned.

The Irish woman was arrested as soon as she touched down at Dublin Airport on Sunday and is now being questioned by gardai.

"When she got off the plane, they let her out the back door".

The Irish Department of Foreign Affairs said Saturday that all Irish citizens who were in distress or danger overseas were entitled to consular help.

Tánaiste Simon Coveney said their primary concern was ensuring the safety of a two-year-old girl caught up in a warzone, adding the DPP will decide what happens next.

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The Irish Times say her likely defence to charges will surround the definition of the word "membership".

Her third child died shortly after he was born.

She was not in custody for the four-and-a-half-hour journey but gardaí were waiting at Dublin Airport for the plane's arrival.

However, within Government there is an exceptionally dim view taken of this with Mr Flanagan in particular privately arguing strongly against Ms Smith being interviewed by Ryan Tubridy. Turkish Interior Minister Suleyman Soylu in a statement had said that the Islamic State terrorists were kept in Turkey as if it was a 'hotel.' The Turkish Minister further said that the deportations would take place, irrespective of the revocation of citizenships of the Islamic State fighters. I don't even think I'm radicalised. I looked at her and she looked at me.

A former member of the Irish Defence Forces who became a so-called Islamic State bride in Syria has been arrested on suspicion of terror offences after arriving back in Ireland.

Another Dublin passenger, who asked not to be named, said he recognised her straight away.

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