The Cranberries’ Dolores O’Riordan avoids jail time after assaulting air hostess and police officers

Singer is ordered to pay 6,000 euros (£4,690) to charity

The Cranberries frontwoman Dolores O’Riordan has managed to escape jail time after pleading guilty to assaulting an air hostess and police officers whilst on a flight in November 2014.

The singer has been ordered to give 6,000 euros (£4,690) to charity following a court hearing at Ennis District Court in County Clare today (February 24).

She was arrested at Shannon Airport when she was taken off a flight from New York after an alleged air rage incident.


As she was being detained, O’Riordan told officers that she was an “icon” and the “Queen of Limerick”. The singer has since been diagnosed with bipolar disorder, with the court hearing that her mental health could have played a part in the incident.


A judge today said it would be unfair to impose a criminal conviction on O’Riordan as a result, reports BBC News.

He accepted O’Riordan had no memory of the incident and had a “very severe medical illness which completely inhibited her judgement”. “Let me be utterly clear that the defendant is not being treated any differently than anyone else,” he added. The judge asked for the money to be paid to a charity that helps prisoners ahead of their release from jail.

Leaving the courthouse, O’Riordan said she was feeling “very positive about this coming year”. She added: “I have a couple of albums coming out and I’m going to go back to work.”

The Cranberries formed in Limerick in 1990, splitting in 2003 before reforming again in 2009. The group became one of the most successful pop outfits of the 90s, selling over 40 million albums worldwide.

They released their latest album ‘Roses’ in 2012. O’Riordan released her last solo album ‘No Baggage’ in 2009.