UAE drops charges against Irish woman accused of attempted suicide
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UAE drops charges against Irish woman accused of attempted suicide

UAE drops charges against Irish woman accused of attempted suicide

The United Arab Emirates (UAE) has dropped charges against an Irish woman who stood trial for attempted suicide and drinking alcohol.

Tori Towey, 28, will be able to return to Ireland after authorities in the United Arab Emirates confirmed the travel ban imposed on her had been lifted.

Radha Stirling, a human rights lawyer and chief executive of Detained in Dubai, said Ms Towey was a victim of domestic violence who had been let down by both Irish and Arab officials.

Her case made national headlines after Sinn Féin leader Mary Lou McDonald raised it in Parliament on Tuesday.

Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs Micheál Martin said: “I am delighted with the news that Tori Towey is now free to return to Ireland and I hope she is able to do so as soon as possible.

“This is the result that Ambassador Alison Milton, officials and our Embassy in the UAE have been working towards for some time.

“We are happy for Tori and her family and wish her all the best in the future.”