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Lisa Smith arrested on suspicion of terrorist offences

Lisa Smith arrested on suspicion of terrorist offences

Dundalk woman Lisa Smith has been arrested by Garda Special Branch officers after her return to Ireland this morning.

Ms Smith and her two year old daughter were flown home from Istanbul to Dublin Airport on a Turkish Airlines flight, accompanied by Department of Foreign Affairs officials, members of the Army Ranger Wing and a Turkish security officer.

Ms Smith, who covered herself with a pink blanket, was detained after disembarking the aircraft at Dublin Airport after it landed at 10.11am.

She is now being detained in a Dublin Garda station under section 30 of the Offences Against the State Act and can be held without charge for up to three days.

Her daughter has been handed into the care of Ms Smith’s family from Dundalk, under the supervision of the child and family agency, Tusla.

Gardai have appealed for privacy for the little girl and the family and pointed out that they were not suspected of any wrongdoing.

In a statement this morning, Gardaí 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.

“An Garda Síochána is making no further comment and there is no Garda spokesperson available.”