Wednesday 7 December 2016

Cranberries' Dolores O’Riordan released into custody of mother after alleged air rage incident in which 'garda was headbutted and air steward injured'

Barry Duggan & Online Editors

Published 10/11/2014 | 09:30

Musician Dolores O’Riordan has been released from garda custody after she was arrested in connection with an alleged air rage incident.

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The Cranberries star was later hospitalised after she allegedly stamped on a flight attendant’s foot, headbutted a garda and then spat in his face.

However, she was released into the care of her mother at approximately 3.35pm today.

Ms O’Riordan was arrested and detained in a garda station following the alleged onboard incident on a transatlantic flight.

The Cranberries frontwoman - who featured as a mentor on RTE series 'The Voice of Ireland' earlier this year - was travelling on an Aer Lingus flight EI-110 from JFK New York to Shannon.

The plane landed at Shannon at 4.47am this morning.

Dolores O'Riordan. Photo: KOBPIX
Dolores O'Riordan. Photo: KOBPIX
Dolores O'Riordan during the Second live show of The voice of Ireland in The Helix. Photo: Kyran O'Brien
Dolores O'Riordan
Dolores O'Riordan. Photo Courtpix

Before the plane was due to land, Ms O’Riordan was “disruptive”. While the aircraft was taxiing to the terminal, it is believed Ms O'Riordan left her seat and refused to sit down when instructed to do so.

A female flight attendant attempted to explain to Ms O’Riordan that she would have to retake her seat, however it is alleged that Ms O’Riordan lashed out. It’s alleged that Ms O’Riordan stamped on the female flight attendant’s foot.

Gardaí and airport police personnel waited at the airport for the aircraft’s arrival after the pilot had radioed ahead for assistance.

As Ms O’Riordan was being placed under arrest, it’s alleged she headbutted a garda before spitting in his face.

One eyewitness said: "I was in sitting in economy with my husband and heard the commotion in business class. There was a woman standing up and she was shouting. It was about 20 minutes before landing but to be honest, we didn't think much of it at first."

"It quietened down for a while and after landing it started again. We could see all this up along the aisle. We were told by the crew that there was a delay with the steps because ground staff weren't on duty yet. Our flight was nearly and hour and a half early," she said.

"When the front door was opened, some people in hi-vis jackets got on and the curtains between business and economy were closed. We could still hear the commotion."

"The curtains were opened a few times and at one stage we saw the woman thumping the ceiling of the plane. It was only after we got off the plane that we heard who it was. She was roaring at the cabin crew and at one stage I heard her say - 'I pay my taxes' ," the passenger added.

"There was also a large man standing up talking to the cabin crew but we don't know if he was with her or just another passenger," she said.

Another eyewitness said the passenger head butted a garda who was trying to arrest her.

The flight attendant was brought to hospital where she is undergoing examinations to see if there is any serious injury to her leg.

It’s understood that the garda did not suffer any serious injuries.

A spokeswoman for Aer Lingus said: "An incident took place on board flight EI 110 en route from New York to Shannon today, Monday 10th November. The matter is being investigated by An Garda Siochana. As this is a security matter we will not comment any further."

The award-winning musician and singer was taken to Shannon Garda Station for questioning but was later taken to University Hospital Limerick for medical assessment.

Efforts are being made by independent.ie to seek a comment from Ms O'Riordan's representatives.

Originally from Limerick in the west of Ireland, the distinctive singer is married with three children and has been living in Dublin.

O'Riordan, an award-winning musician and singer, was just 18 when she became lead singer of the Cranberries following auditions.

The band went on to be one of the biggest of the 1990s, selling tens of millions of records.

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