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I'm missing my children, says Dolores O'Riordan after air rage incident

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Dolores O'Riordan was arrested following an incident on a plane from New York to Shannon

Dolores O'Riordan was arrested following an incident on a plane from New York to Shannon

Dolores O'Riordan was arrested following an incident on a plane from New York to Shannon

Dolores O'Riordan has said she misses her children desperately following her air-rage arrest last month.

The Cranberries frontwoman is on the mend after making headlines across the world for allegedly head-butting and spitting at a garda officer at Shannon Airport.

However, while she feels she is "80pc better", she admits she does not know where she will be spending Christmas this year.

"I feel I'm a lot better, yes," she said.

"But I don't feel I'm perfect. But I don't think there is such a thing. I get that I am 80pc better than what I was.

"I understand why people were worried about me. I do understand and it's lovely, actually.

"I don't know where I'm going to spend Christmas. I miss my children more than words can say right now."

The former Voice of Ireland judge said much of her trouble started after she moved to New York following her split from husband Don Burton in August.

"I didn't sleep for four months. I was self-medicating. I was taking over-the-counter sleeping tablets. I felt cut off," she told the Sunday Independent.

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"I want to get back to the real world. I'm so bored. But I feel great. I am sleeping great.

"I didn't sleep properly if at all for months when I was in New York."

A file on the Shannon Airport incident has been sent to the Director of Public Prosecutions by investigating gardai.

Mother-of-three Dolores said she is still taking medication and feels glad that people did not rush to judge her after the ordeal.

"I know I am not 100pc there yet, but I am happy. I will need to keep on my meds to sleep and to be somewhat normal in a mad world," she said.

"I would remind people that we are all human, after all. I'm taking it one day at a time right now, but I want to thank all of those people who didn't pass judgment on me."

Dolores is currently in a new band called Jetlag NYC and credits her bandmates with helping her through her recent difficulties.

"Maybe I did go a bit mad, but it wasn't bad mad," she said.

"But I am fine now and I've got a great band and I've got great friends and a great family."

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