Tuesday 22 October 2019

Irish Isil bride entitled to diplomatic help from the State 'like any other citizen in trouble' - Defence Minister

Converted: Co Louth woman Lisa Smith, who is being held in Syria on suspicion of being a member of Isil
Converted: Co Louth woman Lisa Smith, who is being held in Syria on suspicion of being a member of Isil
Ms Smith gives an interview to ITV in Syria this week. Picture: Independent.ie
Innocent: Lisa Smith making her First Communion. Picture: Independent.ie
Convert: Lisa Smith pictured while living in Dundalk in 2011. Photo: Tom Conachy/Independent.ie
Lisa Smith
Breda Heffernan

Breda Heffernan

Defence Minister Paul Kehoe has said Isil bride Lisa Smith is entitled to diplomatic assistance from the State "like any Irish citizen in trouble".

He said the Department of Foreign Affairs has still not positively the woman who appeared in media reports from Syria as Dundalk woman and former defence Forces member Ms Smith.

He said it would be a matter for An Garda Siochana if and when she returns to ireland.

"I've had briefings on this but they are internal briefings (involving) the security of the State and I intend to keep those briefings to myself," he told reporters this afternoon.

"This will be a matter for the internal security of the Defence Forces. I will talk to the chief of staff on that issue if that is the case, if that person is confirmed as a former member of the Irish Defence Forces."

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