Why Lisa Smith joined Isis, and what it tells us
Ireland has so far produced very few Isis recruits but experts warn that the government has no room for complacency
Before converting to Islam in 2011, Lisa Smith tried a number of paths. Apparently having “[done] it all – the drink, the drugs, smoking, everything”, she went through what she once described as “the whole spirituality phase, Buddhism and stuff” as well as “fairies, angels, reiki, the works”, but “nothing was registering”.
Eventually, she told one newspaper reporter, she stumbled across Islam and it struck a chord. In...
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