Dolores O’Riordan faces court over ‘air rage’

The DPP has directed that Dolores O’Riordan should face prosecution for alleged assault arising from an air rage-related incident at Shannon airport last November.

Dolores O’Riordan faces court over ‘air rage’

After considering the matter for five months, the DPP has recommended that the Cranberries singer, aged 43, face three separate minor assault or Section 2 assault summonses under the Non-Fatal Offences Against the Person Act 1997, dating from November 10 2014.

Ms O’Riordan is also to face an additional summons of resisting arrest at Shannon on the same date.

Ms O’Riordan is facing prosecution for the alleged assault of two airport police officers and one garda at the airport.

All the alleged offences are alleged to have taken place after Ms O’Riordan left the Aer Lingus aircraft that had just landed from New York’s JFK.

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Gardaí had until this week to initiate the prosecution against the singer, otherwise the prosecution would have been out of time as they had a six-month deadline in which to initiate court proceedings.

The mother of three will now face a court appearance at Ennis District Court at a date to be determined later this year — likely to be in the next two to three months.

Ms O’Riordan’’s success with the Cranberries resulted in global album sales of 40m but at the district court she will be sharing a packed court room with those accused of minor crimes including public order offences, low level drug-dealing, and petty theft.

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Anyone found guilty of a Section 2 assault in the district court can be fined up to €1,850 or a maximum of six months in jail.

Ms O’Riordan’s mental state at the time of the incident is expected to play a prominent role in the case.

During her time in custody at Shannon Garda Station, Ms O’Riordan engaged in a chorus of singing and shouting from her jail cell.

She spent three hours in the cell and her behaviour during this time resulted in gardaí calling a doctor, who assessed the Limerick woman.

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

Following the incident, it emerged that Ms O’Riordan has a bi-polar disorder diagnosis.

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