Ireland 'All sorts of questions' to be answered 'if and when' Isis bride Lisa Smith returns - Tánaiste
Isil bride Smith will be questioned by Turks before she is allowed to fly home
Isil bride Lisa Smith is expected to be questioned by Turkish authorities before she can be repatriated to Ireland with the help of special forces. A highly trained team from the Army Ranger Wing (ARW) has been deployed in the past week to assist the operation which is being led by the Department of Foreign Affairs.
THERE will be "all sorts of questions around radicalisation" to be answered "if and when" Isis bride Lisa Smith is brought back to Ireland, Tánaiste Simon Coveney has said.
Mr Coveney has confirmed that Defence Force personnel are in Turkey to help negotiate their former colleague’s repatriation to Ireland, along with her two-year-old child.
The Tánaiste said his "primary concern" is a vulnerable child and as a result he wants "to get the job done".
"My primary concern is a two-year-old girl who, in my view, as an Irish citizen we have an obligation to protect and, and that is what is driving all of this," Mr Coveney told the Dáil.
Lisa Smith allegedly tried to secure passage home by providing info on 'extremist family living in Dublin'
Smith, 38, is now believed to be reluctant to return to Ireland as she may face charges and will be unable to travel overseas .The former Aer Corps member and naturalised Irish citizen Alexandr Bekmirzaev claim to have met the family in ISIS terror capital Raqqa. © ITV Lisa Smith had appeared on ITV on a video posted online in which she claimed to be British The father, who came to Ireland after facing pressure in his native country, has Irish citizenship.He previously told locals he “wanted to live a more Islamic life” but is tight-lipped over his movements between 2014 and 2017.
Ms Smith is currently being held at a safe house in Turkey have fled Syria where she travelled three years ago to join Islamic State (IS). The group has been involved in mass acts of terrorism, although Ms Smith insists she did not take part in any violence.
Officials from the Department of Foreign Affairs working with Turkish authorities in Ankara have been joined some members of the Defence Forces Army Ranger Wing.
Mr Coveney said this was not usual for military personnel to get involved in such missions.
"That was mainly because there was an ongoing conversation between our Embassy in Ankara and the Turkish military. It makes sense to have military personnel speaking to military personnel," he said.
Co Antrim teen accused of rape, blackmail and harassment in case involving five suspected victims
A judge heard he allegedly boasted to police about his computer abilities , saying that he deliberately sought out and crashed strangers’ internet games.During interviews he was also said to have stated: “All girls these days are sl**s.”The teenager is charged with 21 offences, including:rape,causing a child to engage in sexual activity,trying to blackmail one alleged victim into paying £500, and,multiple counts of possessing, distributing and inciting girls to take indecent photographs.
Fianna Fáil’s foreign affairs spokesman Sean Haughey questioned what would happen to Ms Smith when she returns and whether she was "a person of interest" for Gardaí.
He said it is "beyond doubt" that Ms Smith was radicalised.
Mr Coveney replied: "There are all sorts of questions around radicalisation around and around the role of An Garda Síochána if and when Lisa Smith comes home.
"There are questions that we have to deal with comprehensively across government in multiple different departments in particular in the Department of Justice and in my department.
"We are working closely together to make sure that we do what is appropriate here," he said.
Ex-pal of ISIS bride Lisa Smith raises concerns about her return to Ireland .
Ex-pal of ISIS bride Lisa Smith raises concerns about her return to IrelandCarol Duffy, who has converted to Islam, said that she is not happy about the possibility of Smith bringing her ‘ideology’ back to Ireland.