Monday 26 September 2016

Cranberries star ordered to pay €6k for air rage incident

Published 25/02/2016 | 02:30

Cranberries singer Dolores O’Riordan is surrounded by reporters as she leaves Ennis District Court. Photo: Niall Carson/PA
Cranberries singer Dolores O’Riordan is surrounded by reporters as she leaves Ennis District Court. Photo: Niall Carson/PA

Cranberries singer Dolores O'Riordan, who was ordered to pay €6,000 for an air rage incident, has urged people with mental illness to "reach out for help".

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The singer was told to pay the sum at Ennis District Court for assaulting a garda and two airport police as she was taken from a plane at Shannon Airport on November 10, 2014.

Judge Patrick Durcan said he did not believe it was appropriate to impose a criminal sanction in light of the defendant's medical record and ordered her to pay €6,000 to the poor box, which will be used to assist prisoners prior to their release.

Speaking afterwards, she thanked the "doctors who helped me to get back my health mentally".

"I'm feeling good today, very positive about this upcoming year. I have a couple of albums coming out and I'm going to go back to work."

The singer said she would use "music, dancing and performing" to help her move on from the incident.

Ms O'Riordan (44) of Friarstown, Grange, Kilmallock, pleaded guilty to assaulting Garda Shane Dawson and airport police Ronan O'Reilly and Eamon Power, along with resisting or wilfully obstructing Gda Dawson. Judge Durcan said her early indication of a guilty plea, apologies, previous "unblemished character" and medical reports that she was suffering from a mental illness at the time, were mitigating factors. He said as a public figure she was not only subject to the sanction of the court but also open to sanction by the public.

He accepted that the singer had no memory of the incident due to her illness. He said as a result of this she was incapable of understanding or recalling what she was doing. The incident followed her removal from a New York flight during which she shouted: "I'm the Queen of Limerick."

Irish Independent

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