Emirates Airlines worker held in Dubai is allowed home after diplomatic pressure

The air stewarded has been freed, her representatives say
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Representatives of a 28-year-old air stewardess held in Dubai say she's been freed. Tori Towey, 28, from Ireland, was taken to a police station after she was allegedly attacked, according to reports.

It resulted in the Emirates Airlines worker having her passport blocked, which prevented her from travelling back home to Ireland. Later this month she was due to face charges in the UAE of alcohol consumption and attempted suicide, reports MirrorOnline.

Since her case was made public, diplomatic pressure was piled on the Middle Eastern state. Now the travel ban imposed by Dubai authorities has been lifted, Ireland's premier has said.

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An update to Ireland's parliament was provided by Taoiseach Simon Harris this afternoon, July 10. He said that Ms Towey would be "taken to the airport as soon as she is ready", with the embassy set to follow up the case.

Mr Harris said: "I've just been informed that the travel ban has been lifted, that the embassy will take Tori to the airport as soon as she is ready to go and that the embassy of course will continue to follow up on the case, which is still active as of now." The Taoiseach also thanked diplomats for their help after the stewardess was initially left without recourse ahead of her expected court appearance this week.

Irish diplomats were working with campaign group Detained in Dubai (DiD) to free Ms Towey, who had moved to the state in 2021 to start work at Emirates. The group said she is "over the moon" after learning she would be able to leave the country earlier today. CEO Radha Stirling, who has assisted the stewardess, said she is "thrilled and relieved" to return home.

She said: "She said she is over the moon and looking forward to getting home to Ireland and seeing the rest of her family. She is a little nervous too because there is that worry that something could happen before she gets on a plane but the overriding feeling is one of joy."

Ms Towey's family has since thanked the Irish government and campaigners for their help, with her mum Caroline telling the Daily Mail Online the support "has been incredible". She said: "The support from the Irish government and the Irish people has been incredible and we weren't expecting it at all.

"It's a small country and the politicians are real people. We are both exhausted and desperate to get home. Thank you so much to everyone supporting us."