Irish woman accused of ‘attempted suicide’ and banned from leaving Dubai after alleged attack
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Irish woman accused of ‘attempted suicide’ and banned from leaving Dubai after alleged attack

Warning: This article discusses domestic violence and suicide, which may be upsetting to some readers.

An Irish woman has been accused of “attempted suicide” and banned from leaving Dubai after she was the victim of an alleged attack.

Airline worker Tori Towey was reportedly attacked in her home and is now unable to leave the state after the Irish Prime Minister promised to intervene on her behalf.

The 28-year-old works in the United Arab Emirates as a cabin crew member and was reported to have attempted suicide after the alleged attack. Left with serious bruises and other injuries, Towey survived but was taken to a police station.

She was accused of attempted suicide and alcohol abuse, as a result of which her passport was taken away and the ability to use it was revoked.

Sinn Féin President Mary Lou McDonald raised the case of the airline worker in the Irish Parliament yesterday (9 July).

Tori is currently unable to leave the UAE. (Detained in Dubai)

Tori is currently unable to leave the UAE. (Detained in Dubai)

She added that Towey’s mother had already flown to Dubai to be with the woman and explained that she was a victim of domestic violence.

“Tori wants to come home, she just does. She’s a Roscommon woman and she wants to come home,” she said.

“I ask now, as a matter of absolute urgency, that we get a statement from this House, that you intervene, Taoiseach, that we summon the ambassador and that it be said to the authorities in Dubai in the strongest terms that no woman should be treated in this way and an Irish citizen, an Irish woman, will not be treated in this way.”

Irish Prime Minister Simon Harris said he was not aware of Towey’s case but thanked McDonald’s for bringing it to his attention.

Tori is allegedly a victim of domestic violence. (Arrested in Dubai)

Tori is allegedly a victim of domestic violence. (Arrested in Dubai)

He said he would be happy to work with her and others “to intervene and see how we can support an Irish citizen in what seems to me to be a most awful situation.”

Towey and her mother are currently staying in a rented apartment in Dubai, and the family is receiving help from the support group Detained In Dubai.

The group’s chief executive, Radha Stirling, said: “Tori’s experience is just tragic and, quite frankly, she’s lucky to be alive.”

She claimed the woman “was one step away from death, either by suicide or at the hands of her abusive husband.”

Detained in Dubai: “We call on the Dubai authorities to urgently drop the charges against Tori, lift the travel ban and allow her to return to Ireland with her mother.”

A spokesperson for the Irish Department of Foreign Affairs told LADbible: “The Department of Foreign Affairs and the Irish Embassy in the UAE are providing ongoing consular assistance in relation to this matter.

“The Irish Ambassador to the UAE is in regular contact with our citizen (including this morning). The Embassy is also liaising with all relevant authorities in the UAE on this matter. Officials will continue to provide consular advice and assistance.”

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