Cranberries singer arrested after ‘air rage incident’

Cranberries singer Dolores O’Riordan has been arrested after an alleged assault on a flight from New York to Shannon.

The Irish star is alleged to have attacked an air hostess on the flight. The Irish Times reports that O’Riordan became disruptive around 20 minutes before the plane was due to land.

Dolores O'Riordan arrested following alleged air rage incident. Photo copyright Alterna2 cc2

She refused to take her seat and stamped on a flight attendant’s foot. The flight attendant is now in hospital with a suspected fractured foot.

O’Riordan was arrested at the airport after the plane had landed. However, she had not calmed down and is also alleged to have head-butted and spat at the arresting officer.

The 43-year-old was travelling with a male companion, who was not involved in the incident.

Airline Aer Lingus released a statement confirming that: “an incident took place on board flight EI 110 en route from New York to Shannon today, Monday 10th November. The matter is being investigated by An Garda Siochana. As this is a security matter we will not comment any further.”

The Garda also confirmed that a 43-year-old Irish woman was arrested at Shannon airport this morning following the incident.

O’Riordan led the Cranberries to huge success during the 1990s. They were hugely popular in Europe and the USA. They sold tens of millions of albums and had a string of hits in the singles charts on both sides of the Atlantic.

Their biggest album was titled No Need to Argue, ironic perhaps given last night’s alleged incident!

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Michael Kehoe

Michael Kehoe is a writer for Irish Music Daily and Ireland Calling. His favourite Irish Music bands are Flogging Molly and the Dropkick Murphys.

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