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Minister for Justice Charlie Flanagan: “It is a real challenge for Irish officials or people acting on behalf of the Irish state to enter one of the most challenging areas of conflict in the world”. File photograph: Brian Lawless/PA

The Government is engaging with “international actors” to help bring Dundalk woman Lisa Smith and her two-year-old daughter back to Ireland, Minister (...)

Lisa Smith: Her most likely exit from the al-Hawl camp in northeastern Syria is with the involvement of the International Committee of the Red Cross. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Lisa Smith has made a complex diplomatic situation even more difficult by doing media interviews in which she continues to stop well short of stepping(...)

A woman in Al-Hawl camp in northeast Syria. Photograph: Fadel Senna/AFP/Getty Images

Efforts to bring alleged Islamic State supporter Lisa Smith back to Ireland could begin as early as this week with the help of the Red Cross. It is u(...)

A woman in Al-Hawl camp in northeast Syria. Photograph: Fadel Senna/AFP/Getty Images

Efforts to bring alleged Islamic State supporter Lisa Smith back to Ireland could begin as early as this week with the help of the Red Cross. It is u(...)

Lisa Smith travelled to northern Syria four years ago, where she married an Isis fighter, who was later killed. Photograph: CNN

The dire humanitarian conditions in the Syrian refugee camp containing alleged Islamic State supporter Lisa Smith have prompted the Government to exam(...)

Lisa Smith (extreme right) may have overheard information on the Govermnet jet, but nothing of interest to Isis, military sources say. Photograph: Colin Keegan/Collins, Dublin

An Irish military intelligence inquiry concluded a former Defence Forces member gleaned little or no sensitive information before she left Ireland to (...)

Then taoiseach Bertie Ahern before boarding the Government Jet at Casement Aerodrome in April 2008 with Lisa Smith on the extreme right. Photograph: Colin Keegan/Collins, Dublin

An Irish woman, suspected of involvement with Islamic State in Syria, cannot legally be stripped of her citizenship, security and justice sources say.(...)

Lisa Smith on the extreme right of picture as then taoiseach Bertie Ahern thanks members of the Aer Corps before boarding the Government jet in 2008. Photograph: Collins Dublin

It is tempting to equate the case of Dundalk woman Lisa Smith with that of Shamima Begum, the London teenager who ran away to join Islamic State when (...)