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Cranberries star Dolores O'Riordan fined for air rage assaults

By Ed Carty

Published 25/02/2016

Cranberries singer Dolores O’Riordan arrives at Ennis District Court
Cranberries singer Dolores O’Riordan arrives at Ennis District Court

Cranberries singer Dolores O'Riordan has said she will use music, dancing and performing to improve her mental health after avoiding a criminal conviction for assault at an airport.

The multimillion-selling artist was ordered to pay £4,690 to charity for head-butting, kicking, hitting and spitting on police officers following an alleged air rage incident. Last December the singer admitted three assaults and obstructing a garda after being taken off an Aer Lingus flight from New York's JFK to Ireland on November 10, 2014.

As she was being arrested at Shannon Airport, O'Riordan told officers that she was an "icon" and the Queen of Limerick.

Medical reports produced for the trial at Ennis District Court revealed she had been suffering from mania, mental illness and severely impaired judgment at the time of the incident, and that she remembers nothing about it.

Leaving the court, O'Riordan urged other people suffering mental illness to "reach out for help".

"I don't really have much to say, just that I'm glad it's over," she said.

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