Thursday 29 September 2016

'To have that type of aggression and attitude towards another human being it has to be in you to begin with' - Vogue Williams on bipolar Dolores O'Riordan

Published 20/12/2015 | 11:58

Vogue Williams
Vogue Williams

Model and TV presenter Vogue Williams has spoken out about the incident in which Dolores O'Riordan head-butted and spat at a Garda.

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The Cranberries singer pleaded guilty at Ennis District Court to four separate alleged offences which saw her arrested at Shannon Airport on November 10 last year following a flight from New York's JFK airport.

She has since been diagnosed as suffering bipolar disorder and the court heard that O'Riordan, who medics suggested was suffering hypomania, sleep deprivation and paranoia at the time of the incident, threatened to sue arresting officers.

"Everyone's initial reaction was that this was some spoiled diva behaviour," writes Vogue in her Sunday world column.

Dolores O’Riordan appeared at Ennis District Court on charges relating to the ‘air rage’ incident Photo credit: Niall Carson/PA Wire
Dolores O’Riordan appeared at Ennis District Court on charges relating to the ‘air rage’ incident Photo credit: Niall Carson/PA Wire

"However, the Cranberries star has since been diagnosed as suffering from bipolar disorder. I am not an expert on what bipolar means but I do know it causes extreme highs and extreme lows and is clearly what caused her to get so aggressive.

"That said I don't think head-butting and spitting at Gardai is ever acceptable - or at anyone else for that matter."

She continues, "I think to have that type of aggression and attitude towards another human being it has to be in you to begin with.

"What I mean by that is, let's say I was very drunk and got aggressive for some reason, it would never result in me hitting another person because it's not in me to do that.  It would never come out in me, regardless of the circumstances.

"I do think that her mental health needs to be taken into account, but she still should be punished for the incident."

Vogue says she believes that spitting is the "lowest of the low".

During the court hearing, solicitor for Dolorres O'Riordan, Bill O'Donnell said that Dolores' actions were those of a "very, very ill person".

She had recently separated from her husband of 20 years and was returning to Ireland for the anniversary of her father's death.  The case has been adjourned to January to fix a date for sentence.

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