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Accused IS member held in Dublin after fleeing Syrian camp with daughter

Leo Varadkar, the Irish Taoiseach, said Smith should have the right of return to Ireland and that removing her citizenship would be neither right nor compassionate.

“An Garda Siochana has arrested an Irish citizen [38-year-old female] on suspicion of terrorist offences following her deportation from Turkey,” an Irish police spokesman said.

“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.”

Irish broadcaster RTE said she was accompanied by three consular officials from the Department of Foreign Affairs, members of the Army Ranger Wing, and a Turkish security officer.

She was not in custody for the 4½-hour flight but Irish police were waiting at Dublin airport for the plane’s arrival. Images of her arrival showed her covered in a pink blanket as she was taken from the plane.

Her daughter was born in Syria but is an Irish citizen.

Smith held a relatively lowly role in the Defence Forces but worked on the official Irish Government jet and accompanied the country’s leaders Ireland on foreign trips.

She went to Syria in 2015 after converting to Islam and has said the father of her child was a  member of IS who died last year.

Smith is originally from Dundalk in County Louth, close to the Irish border with Northern Ireland.

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