Jailed terrorist Lisa Smith is serving her sentence in Limerick Prison, where inmates are subject to a far stricter regime than Dublin’s other women’s prison, the Dóchas Centre.
Mith, a former soldier from Dundalk, Co Louth, was sentenced on July 22 to 15 months for membership of the so-called Islamic State. She is the first person to be convicted by an Irish court of membership of an Islamist terrorist group in another country.
Since she was convicted in the Special Criminal Court, she is serving her sentence in Limerick and not in the center of Dóchas. And that despite the fact that Dublin’s prison for visits is much closer to her family in Co Louth.
Sources say the mother-of-one has been a “model inmate” so far. Like most Limerick prisoners, she is held alone in a cell.
As part of her Islamic faith, she has been provided with everything she needs to pray five times a day. The convicted terrorist is also given halal food that conforms to her religious beliefs.
The ex-soldier spent a month in Limerick prison in December 2019 after being sent back to Ireland from a Syrian refugee camp. She was out on bail pending her most recent criminal trial.
“She has been here before and knows the regime,” a prison source explained. “We don’t expect any trouble from her.”
Conditions in Limerick prison are said to be less favorable than in Dublin’s Dóchas centre.
Prisoners at Dóchas are housed in seven separate houses, each housing 10 to 12 women. There is a larger house that can hold 18 prisoners.
Women serving their sentences in Dóchas have keys to their own rooms and enjoy a relaxed regime.
A new women’s prison in Limerick is almost complete and will be operational by the end of the year.
https://www.independent.ie/irish-news/news/jailed-terrorist-lisa-smith-is-a-model-prisoner-in-limerick-41879731.html Jailed terrorist Lisa Smith is a “model prisoner” in Limerick