Irish ex-soldier jailed for 15 months for joining IS in Syria

An Irish former soldier was jailed for 15 months on Friday for joining the so-called Islamic State (IS) group in Syria, despite appeals for leniency.

Judge Tony Hunt said Lisa Smith, 40, from Dundalk on Ireland’s east coast, was a low risk for reoffending.

But he said the mother of one, a Muslim convert, went to Syria with her “eyes wide open” and had shown no remorse for her actions.

She travelled to IS-held territory and may have been “easily led by circumstances and other people” yet had shown resilience to stick with IS “to the bitter end”.