Wednesday 29 January 2020

Lisa Smith moved to secure unit in limerick for ‘her own safety’

Lisa Smith is charged with membership of terror group, IS.
Lisa Smith is charged with membership of terror group, IS.

Former Defence Forces member Lisa Smith has been transferred to a secure segregation unit in Limerick Prison.

The Co Louth mother-of-one (37) spent several hours at the Dochas Centre in Mountjoy Prison on Wednesday, but was then moved to Limerick Prison.

Ms Smith will remain there while she awaits trial, having been charged with membership of a Middle East terrorist group.

The Dundalk woman will be confined to her cell in Limerick Prison for 22 hours of the day.

In the other two hours, she will have time to exercise and wash.

The women’s wing in Limerick Prison is the committal prison for women charged with terrorism offences.

Ms Smith has a single cell in the secure segregation unit of the closed, medium security prison.


It is understood that she was allowed to be detained there, out of fears for her own safety during her stay in Mountjoy Prison.

The only other woman being held in the Limerick facility is assassin, Rose Lynch.

Lynch (56) is serving life imprisonment for the murder of David Darcy (39), and membership of the IRA.

Ms Smith had requested bail.

However, it was denied in the Criminal Courts of Justice after gardai objected, alleging that she had married a member of Isis and “pledged allegiance” to the organisation.

The charge against Ms Smith alleges that between October 28, 2015 and December 1 this year, at a location outside of the State, she committed an act that, if committed in the State, would constitute an offence under Section 21 of the Offences Against the State Act, as amended by Section 5 of the Criminal Justice (Terrorist Offences) Act 2005.

The alleged act is that she was a member of a terrorist group which was an unlawful organisation.

That is an organisation styling itself as the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), also known as Dawlat al-Iraq al Islamiya, Islamic State of Iraq (ISI), Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) and Dawlat al Islamiya fi Iraq wa al Sham, otherwise known as ‘Da’esh’ and the Islamic State in Iraq and Sham.


The offence is under Section 6 (1) (b) (i) and 7 (2) of the Criminal Justice (Terrorism Offences) Act 2005.

Ms Smith has denied membership of the organisation.

The court was told Ms Smith was “in an emotional state” as she had been separated from her two-year-old daughter and was “missing her terribly”.

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