ISIS BRIDE Lisa Smith was detained upon her arrival back in Ireland three years after converting to Islam and travelling to Syria to join the so-called Islamic State.
Smith had previously been in Turkish custody after leaving the Ain Issa refugee camp in Syria.
As previously reported by Euro Weekly News, the 38-year-old Louth woman arrived back in Ireland with her two-year-old daughter on Sunday morning, December 1.
However, though news of Smith’s impending return to Ireland broke last week, government officials refused at the time to disclose exactly when she would arrive back on Irish soil.
So it was with upmost shock when an Irishman, who was on board the flight bringing Lisa Smith back to Ireland was forced to give up his seat for her.
Paul O’Neill, a 32-year-old from Coolock, Co. Dublin, was supposed to sit in seat 29D but was moved to 27D so that Smith could have his seat at the back of the plane, according to the Irish Mirror.
Mr O’Neil informed that Lisa Smith was on the plane before everyone else and that he was extremely shocked when informed that the controversial ISIS bride was on the plane, reportedly stating: “You’d think someone would have told us”
Not only had Mr O’Neil not been informed, he had to give up his seat for her and another passenger also reported how he was separated from his son during the flight in order to accommodate for security personnel travelling with Smith.
Eyewitness accounts reported by the Irish Post inform how Smith travelled with her two-year-old daughter Rakaya sitting on her lap during the flight, and spoke in Arabic while trying to comfort the little girl throughout the four-hour flight.
Passengers then watched as Smith, along with her daughter and the security guards disembarked from the rear of the plane and were swiftly whisked away by Gardai who were waiting in a blacked-out SUV on the runway.
One passenger stated that “No one could go near her,” a curtain was put up around her when she was getting off the plane and then “she was just taken away.”
According to reports, the presence of security coupled with the fact that no one was allowed to walk passed Smith seat to go to the toilet made many on board feel very agitated.
Gardai confirmed the 38-year-old from Dundalk, Co Louth, was arrested on suspicion of terrorist offences and brought to Kevin Street Garda station after landing at Dublin Airport at 10.11am.
Smith denies any involvement in terrorist activities.