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Lisa Smith is believed to have left Ireland for Syria five or six years ago

We cannot stick our heads in the sand and pretend that Lisa Smith, the Isis bride, does not exist. If we are to have any hope of combating radicalisation, we must first understand it

We have a duty to try to understand Lisa Smith, the so-called ‘Isis bride from Dundalk’, because without doing so we can’t hope to prevent there being many more women like her.

Smith is an Irish citizen who, as far as we know, hasn’t broken the law: much as it might stick in our craws, she should be allowed to return home to Ireland in line with her constitutional rights. Otherwise, in the middle...

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