The Irish taxpayer could potentially end up spending in the region of €1m if IS bride Lisa Smith were to return home.
The revelation comes after Michael Murphy a Retired Lieutenant Colonel and Former Deputy Director of Military Intelligence for the Irish Defence Forces, told RTÉ’s Prime Time programme that Ms Smith and her daughter would require around the clock security and surveillance if they were to return to Ireland.
Speaking to host Miriam O’Callaghan, Mr Murphy said the cost would be in the region of €1m if the Government chose to implement proper surveillance protocols on Ms Smith.
The retired Lieutenant Colonel told the programme that the cost would be relatively high given that it would take a lot to carryout the surveillance and security protocols every day of the week.
He added that the reason the costly surveillance would be required is down to the fact that Gardaí would want to see who would the person of interest be interacting with or if anyone associated with that said person would be up to no good themselves.
Mr Murphy also stated that such surveillance could prove difficult to implement and especially if the person of interest were to gain knowledge that they were being watched.
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