Lisa Smith bail surety rejected over 2010 Leinster Final brawl

ISIL terror suspect Lisa Smith is now likely to spend Christmas in jail after a family friend who was to put forward her bail money was rejected at a special court sitting due to his prior crimes.

The court heard that her proposed independent surety has several convictions going back 40 years which include assaulting the referee who allowed the famous goal which cost Louth the 2010 Leinster Football Final.

Former Irish soldier Ms Smith (38), who is charged with membership of ISIS, was granted bail by the High Court last week under strict conditions which included money being made available by an independent surety but remains in custody.

Paul Grimes (50s), a friend of the Smith family, was due to put forward €5,000 which included a €1,000 cash lodgement to satisfy her bail conditions.

However, at a special sitting at Dublin District Court today gardai had objected to Mr Grimes acting as the independent surety due to his previous convictions. Ms Smith was not present for the hearing.

Gardai gave evidence that Mr Grimes had a number of previous convictions, most recently in 2010.

The court heard this incident related to the “famous goal” in the Meath versus Louth Leinster final in.

Louth were on course for a first Leinster title since 1957, when Meath’s Joe Sheridan bundled the ball over the line to score a late goal and seal victory for the Royals. 

There was a pitch invasion and solicitor Peter Corrigan, acting for the Smith family, said that Mr Grimes “was caught up” in the incident. Paul Grimes was later convicted and fined for the assault of referee Martin Sludden.

“Since then he has led a very exemplary life,” Mr Corrigan said, saying that Mr Grimes was very active in the local community.

Asked by Judge Alan Mitchell about his financial situation, Paul Grimes said that he was made redundant two years ago.

A Garda read out his previous convictions which date back over 40 years.

These included assault in 1977, the same offence in 1978, robbery in 1980 and criminal damage that same year for which he received six months.

Judge Mitchell said that given the previous convictions he was rejecting the application for Paul Grimes to act as an independent surety for Lisa Smith, and on a secondary level that they weren’t related.

Asked if there was anyone else able to act for Ms Smith to put forward the required money, Mr Corrigan said the Smith family come from a very poor part of Dundalk and that “there have been issues” in relation to raising the bail money.

“We have spent the last week and a half looking strenuously at trying to organise surety and you wouldn’t believe how hard it has been to secure that,” Mr Corrigan told the court.

Ms Smith is now highly likely to spend Christmas in jail unless an alternative independent surety is brought before the court this afternoon.

She is currently being held at Limerick Prison after being transferred from the Dochas jail in Dublin.

It is alleged that Lisa Smith, between October, 28 2015 and December 1, 2019, both dates inclusive, outside the State, did commit an act which if committed in the State would constitute an offence under Section 21 of the Offences Against the State Act 1939, as amended by Section 5 of the Criminal Justice (Terrorist Offences) Act 2005, in that you were a member of a terrorist group which is an unlawful organisation, to wit an organisation styling itself the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) also known as Dawlat al-Iraq al-Islamiyya, Islamic State of Iraq (ISI), Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) and Dawlat al Islamiya fi Iraq wa al Sham, otherwise known as ‘Da’esh’ and the Islamic State in Iraq and Sham.

Last week bail was set in Ms Smith’s own bond of €500 which has to be lodged and the judge required an independent surety in the sum of €5,000 who must lodge €1,000.

She must reside at an address in the north east, sign on at a Garda station twice daily from 10am – 1pm and 3pm – 6pm.

She was ordered to obey a curfew.

Mr Justice Eagar told her she would have to remain indoors from 8pm and not leave until 7am.

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