Solicitor: Dolores getting medical care

Singer Dolores O’Riordan is receiving ongoing medical treatment, a solicitor told a district court where she faces charges relating to an alleged air-rage incident at Shannon Airport last year.

The mother-of-three is accused of three minor assault offences and one of obstruction. Her solicitor Bill O’Donnell told Ennis District Court his client, not present in court, was “receiving ongoing medical treatment” in a residential setting.

He said Ms O’Riordan “continues to benefit from the treatment” and applied to have the case adjourned to a later in the year for a plea, or a date for hearing.

Ms O’Riordan, with an address at Friarstown, Grange, Kilmallock, Co Limerick, is accused of assaulting Garda Shane Dawson and airport police members Ronan O’Reilly and Eamon Power, on November 10 last.

The Cranberries singer, who turns 44 on Sunday, is also facing a charge of resisting/wilfully obstructing Garda Dawson in the execution of his duty contrary to Section 19 of the Criminal Justice (Public Order) Act 1994.

A garda personally served court papers on the singer in Limerick on Tuesday of last week.

The offences allegedly took place after Ms O’Riordan left an Aer Lingus aircraft which had arrived from New York’s JFK.

There had been no legal obligation for Ms O’Riordan to appear in court yesterday as she was represented.

Judge Patrick Duncan adjourned the case to December 16.

The papers were served on the singer after the office of the DPP, which reportedly considered the matter for five months, recommended a prosecution.

Ms O’Riordan has achieved worldwide album sales of 40m. But, yesterday, she was one of 52 names on a court schedule she shared with others facing offences such as false imprisonment and dangerous driving, along with the usual list of petty theft and drink and disorderly cases. It is expected when the details of the case are heard, Ms O’Riordan’s mental state at the time of the incident is expected to play a prominent role.

During her time in custody at Shannon Garda Station, Ms O’Riordan had engaged in a chorus of singing and shouting. The singer spent three hours in a cell and her behaviour pattern during that time eventually resulted in gardaí calling a doctor out of concern for her psychological wellbeing.

A GP examined her and recommended she be further assessed at University Hospital Limerick. She was brought to the hospital for assessment under Garda escort. Following the incident, it emerged Ms O’Riordan had had a bipolar disorder diagnosis.


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