O’Riordan sang in cell after alleged assault

Cranberries singer Dolores O’Riordan engaged in a chorus of singing and shouting from her jail cell at Shannon Garda station yesterday.

The singer spent three hours in the cell and her behaviour pattern during that time eventually resulted in the gardaí calling a doctor out of concerns for Ms O’Riordan’s psychological wellbeing.

The local GP assessed the Limerick woman shortly after 9am and recommended that she be further assessed at University Hospital Limerick.

She was then brought to the hospital for assessment under Garda escort.

The star’s chorus of song from the jail cell took place after she was arrested at Shannon Airport shortly before 5am after an incident on board an Aer Lingus flight from New York that had 118 people on board.

Flight E1-110 from JFK was on the descent into Shannon when it is alleged that the musician became disruptive in the business class area of the plane.

It is alleged she stamped on an air hostess’s foot during the incident.

It is also alleged she head-butted a garda and spat in his face as she was being arrested on the air bridge connecting the airport terminal to the aircraft. The pilot had requested police assistance over Ms O’Riordan’s behaviour.

The male garda was not injured but an ambulance was called for the Galway city-based air hostess who was treated at University Hospital Limerick for a bruised foot.

Initially, it was thought that the hostess had sustained a fractured foot. However, an X-ray found just bruising.

Yesterday, the air hostess made a statement to gardaí in relation to the incident.

Ms O’Riordan was brought to hospital before gardaí could formally interview her and seek her response to the allegations surrounding the alleged air-rage incident.

Yesterday at 3.35pm, the 43-year-old was released from Garda custody to her mother at University Hospital Limerick.

Ms O’Riordan spends most of her time in the US and it is understood that she is back in Ireland for 14 days.

Gardaí hope to interview her on the allegations later this week or next week and the interview will form part of a file to go forward to the DPP.

Originally from Limerick, the distinctive singer is a multi award-winning musician who became lead singer of the Cranberries when she was 18. The Cranberries went on to sell tens of millions of records.

Ms O’Riordan, who is married with three children, spoke last year for the first time about how she was sexually abused as a child and how it lead to anorexia, depression and a breakdown.


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