Wednesday 22 January 2020

No policing plan in place for terror charge Smith

Lisa Smith has been granted bail but is yet to take it up. Photo: Collins
Lisa Smith has been granted bail but is yet to take it up. Photo: Collins

GardaI are not putting a special policing plan in place for alleged Islamic State (IS) member Lisa Smith when she is released from prison, the Herald has learned.

The former Defence Forces soldier was granted bail on Thursday but has yet to take it up after being charged with membership of the illegal terror organisation.

It is understood there are issues around the €5,000 surety needed to satisfy the bail conditions.

Ms Smith is currently being held at Limerick Prison, having been moved there from the Dochas in Dublin because it has a segregation unit.

She is expected to secure bail by Monday and be released from custody, but gardai have no special plans in place for when she is released.

As part of her bail conditions, the mother-of-one must reside at an address in the north-east which cannot be published for legal reasons.

"Yes, she will be monitored by gardai, but in the same way that anyone who is on strict bail conditions is monitored," a senior source told the Herald.

"It won't be a case that there will be a garda car parked outside where she will be staying 24-7 - this is not considered necessary.

"There is a policing plan in place, but it is nothing out of the ordinary - she will be the subject of passing attention by officers based in Dundalk," the source added.

It can also be revealed that gardai have received no credible intelligence of any threat to the life of the high-profile terror suspect.

Following a bail application on Thursday at Cloverhill Court she was granted bail under strict conditions.

As part of her bail terms, Ms Smith must lodge €500 and an independent surer must lodge €1,000 with the courts.

She must reside at an address in the north-east and sign on at a garda station twice daily from 10am to 1pm and 3pm to 6pm.

She was also ordered to obey a curfew, having to remain indoors from 8pm to 7am.


The judge told her she cannot leave the jurisdiction or apply for new travel documentation, having already lost her passport.

She must also provide gardai with a contact mobile phone number within 48 hours of taking up bail.

The judge warned her that she must answer the phone if rung by gardai and, if she failed to do so, it would be a breach of bail. This would result in her going back into custody.

He also banned her from accessing the internet or using any social media, and she must not have contact with non- garda witnesses in the case.

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