Former lead singer of The Cranberries Dolores O'Riordan arrested on suspicion of assaulting air hostess
The former lead singer with rock group The Cranberries has been arrested on suspicion of assaulting an air hostess.
Dolores O'Riordan was detained at Shannon Airport in Ireland after an incident on a flight from New York's JFK airport.
Gardai confirmed a woman in her 40s was arrested on the Aer Lingus plane after it landed at 5.30am today.
The singer was taken from the airport to Shannon Garda station where she can be detained for 24 hours.
A Garda spokesman said: "Gardai were called to meet the aircraft following an allegation of an assault on a female Aer Lingus air hostess. A Garda was also assaulted during the course of the arrest."
It is understood the air hostess suffered an injury to one of her feet and was taken to the Mid-West Regional Hospital in Limerick for assessment and treatment.
The Garda who was allegedly injured did not require hospital care.
O'Riordan was detained under section four of the Criminal Justice Act and was questioned on allegations of assault.
Originally from Limerick in the west of Ireland, the distinctive singer is married with three children and has been living in Dublin.
O'Riordan, an award-winning musician and singer, was just 18 when she became lead singer of the Cranberries following auditions.
The band went on to be one of the biggest of the 1990s, selling tens of millions of records.
A spokesman for the airline Aer Lingus described the incident as a "security matter".
"An incident took place on board flight EI 110 en route from New York to Shannon today. The matter is being investigated by An Garda Siochana. As this is a security matter we will not comment any further," the spokesman said.
It is understood the incident occurred in the business class section of the aircraft shortly before it came in to land at Shannon.
A spokesman for Shannon Airport said the flight touched down before 5am and the arrest was subsequently made.
"I can confirm that the incident took place on board Aer Lingus' daily service from New York to Shannon. An arrest was made following arrival at 4.47am," the spokesman said.
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