The Cranberries’ Dolores O’Riordan pleads guilty to assault on air hostess and police officers

Singer has since been diagnosed with bipolar disorder

The Cranberries singer Dolores O’Riordan is facing jail time after pleading guilty to assaulting an air hostess and police officers whilst on a flight during November 2014.

O’Riordan appeared at Ennis District Court in County Clare on Wednesday (December 16) following an alleged incident during a flight from New York’s JFK International Airport to Ireland’s Shannon Airport.

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.


O’Riordan is accused of assaulting an air hostess, and later three police officers who tried to restrain the singer at Shannon Airport.


“Ms O’Riordan was very belligerent,” Inspector Tom Kennedy told the court, as reported by the Daily Mail. “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.'”

O’Riordan’s solicitor Bill O’Donnell said his client did not contest any of the evidence and claimed that a recent breakdown in her marriage caused her much emotional distress.

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.