A young Fermanagh woman has spoken off her fear after being stopped and questioned by MI5 agents upon landing at a Spanish airport when she went on holiday earlier this month.
She has spoken out about her experience in a bid to encourage the detectives not to persue her again.
The 22-year-old woman was part of a large family group travelling to Spain.
When they landed at the airport, the woman was told that her passport needed to be scanned, and she was asked to follow a Spanish border guard.
He brought her into a room were two men were present.
She went on: “The border guard then left, closing the door behind him and left me in the room with two men.
At this stage, one of the men addressed me by name, and made references to my journey to Aldergrove Airport in County Antrim that morning.
He knew a lot of detail about me, where i worked, who I had been going out with, all sorts of personnel details.”
Then one of the men informed her he worked for British Intelligence whilst the other man placed a large sum of money on the table.
The woman continued: “They claimed that their only interest was in saving lives in Ireland and asked me to assist them in this regard.
“I told them i could be of no assistance and would not meet them again.”
They then told her she would probably change her mind about giving information when she returned home and had thought about it.
If this was to happen she was to contact Enniskillen Police station.
In all, the woman was detained at the Spanish Airport for around 20 minutes by the detectives, during which time her mother, younger brother, and sister, all waited anxiously for her to return.
The young woman explains that nothing like this has ever happened to her before and described her ordeal as a very unnerving experience and an unwelcome start to her holiday.
She was also angry that she was left in a room with two males, and felt there should have been a female present at the incident.
The woman’s solicitor has been informed of the approach.
Her father has also written a letter to the Spanish authorities demanding an explanation as to why foreign agents were permitted to question Irish tourists on Spanish soil.