Irish woman charged with attempted suicide and drinking alcohol in UAE – The Irish News
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Irish woman charged with attempted suicide and drinking alcohol in UAE – The Irish News

Calls have been made for “urgent action” to secure the return of an Irish woman who has been charged in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) with attempted suicide and drinking alcohol.

Tori Towey (28) from Roscommon was arrested in Dubai. The Dáil heard on Tuesday that she was a victim of domestic violence and banned from leaving the state.

Sinn Féin leader Mary Lou McDonald told the Dáil that Ms Towey had been charged with attempted suicide and alcohol abuse and called on the Irish Government to intervene.

Ms Towey, who lives in Dubai and works as a flight attendant, reportedly attempted suicide after she was allegedly attacked, leaving her with serious bruises and other injuries.

Irish woman charged with attempted suicide and drinking alcohol in UAE – The Irish News

She was taken to a police station where she was told she had been charged with two offences that are illegal in the UAE.

Her passport has been blocked and she cannot return to Ireland. Her mother Caroline has travelled to Dubai to be with her.

Prime Minister Simon Harris said he was prepared to “intervene” in the matter.

Speaking in the Dáil, he said Sinn Féin had raised Ms Towey’s issue with the Irish Foreign Minister.



He said he would work with the deputy “to intervene and see how we can support the Irish citizen in what appear to be – from what you have told me – the most appalling circumstances”.

Ms McDonald said she had spoken to Ms Towey, who “wants to go home”.

“Her passport was destroyed. She was banned from traveling.”

Sinn Fein leader Mary Lou McDonald has been relentless in her bid for election
Sinn Fein President Mary Lou McDonald

Ms McDonald appealed for “urgent action to ensure the safe return” of Ms Towey.

She said it was “urgent” that the Irish government “must make absolutely clear to the Dubai authorities that no woman should be treated in this way and an Irish citizen, an Irish woman, will not be treated in this way”.

Ms Towey’s aunt, Ann Flynn, said they were trying to stay positive.

“They are very upset and can’t wait to get home,” she told RTÉ’s Morning Ireland programme.

“We are still hoping to find out that they are already on the plane and coming home.

“It’s truly terrible that this happened to a young woman who was full of life, full of adventure, loved to travel.”

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs said it was aware of the case and provided consular assistance.