Tánaiste says Government is working to facilitate Lisa Smith’s return to Ireland from Syria

Tánaiste Simon Coveney has confirmed the Government is now working to facilitate the return of Dundalk woman Lisa Smith and her two year old child back to Ireland as he stressed the Government owes “a duty of care” to the duo.

However, he warned that the logistics of securing the return of the former Air Corps recruit to Ireland was “very complex” given that she was currently in a camp in an effective war zone which is controlled by Kurdish forces.

Ms Smith, who travelled to Syria in 2015 after converting to Islam, pleaded to be allowed return to Ireland in an emotional interview with CNN earlier today.

The 37-year-old said she was effectively “living in a prison” in the Syrian camp and now “wants to go home” to Ireland.

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