Thursday 22 March 2018

Flight-attendant injured during Dolores O'Riordan air-rage incident suing singer and Aer Lingus

Dolores O'Riordan
Dolores O'Riordan
Dolores O'Riordan of the Cranberries
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A flight attendant caught up in an air-rage incident which saw Cranberries star Dolores O’Riordan removed from an Aer Lingus plane is suing both the singer and the airline.

The singer, who has since been diagnosed with a bipolar disorder, assaulted gardai during the incident. 

During criminal proceedings in late 2015 Ennis District Court heard that Carmel Coyne, who works for Aer Lingus was injured trying to calm O'Riordan and encourage her to take her seat.

Ms Coyne suffered a swollen ankle after O'Riordan stood on her when she attempted to get her to take her seat during the final approach to Shannon.

The flight attendant has now filed proceedings against both Ms O’Riordan and Aer Lingus with the High Court.

After the incident, the troubled singer apologised publicly to Ms Coyne whom she said she knew for many years.

"Carmel is lovely. I know Carmel a long time from flying over and back transatlantic since I had the little wee babies in the buggies. I really like her. She knows for a fact that it was an accident with my metal shoes," she said.

"And there were bad people having too much booze roaring at me. And I backed up and stood on her foot by an accident, like a child in the playground. I'm sorry Carmel."

In court, Garda Inspector Tom Kennedy who attended the incident gave evidence in the court and said the artist’s behaviour began to deteriorate as the plane approached Shannon.

Mr Kennedy said the singer-songwriter's behaviour was at first erratic, then unruly, irate, threatening, irrational and aggressive.

"Ms O'Riordan was very belligerent," he told the court.

"She said 'you are not going to arrest me. I am an icon. I'm the Queen of Limerick, I pay my taxes, I pay your wages. I'm going to sue you'."

The musician plead guilty and the charges were struck out by a judge who ordered the singer to pay €6,000 to the poor box, leaving her with no criminal convictions.

Court proceedings were initiated by Ms Coyne’s solicitors last month in the high court and solicitors acting for Ms O’Riordan filed a  ‘memo entry of appearance’ which is an acknowledgement that proceedings have been filed.

A spokesperson for Aer Lingus declined to comment when contacted by

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