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Dolores O'Riordan: Irish police release Cranberries singer

  • 10 November 2014
  • From the section Europe
Delores O'Riordan
Image caption The singer achieved international fame with The Cranberries in the 1990s

Cranberries singer Dolores O'Riordan has been discharged from hospital and released without charge from custody by Irish police.

She had been arrested on Monday following an alleged air rage incident on a flight from the United States.

Ms O'Riordan was detained after a stewardess was reportedly attacked on an Aer Lingus flight from New York to Shannon, County Clare.

After being examined by a doctor, she was taken to hospital in Limerick.

Police said the singer had been questioned for a period at Shannon police station where it is understood she complained of being ill.

injured

Police had boarded the aircraft at Shannon and during the course of the arrest, a policeman was also injured.

The incident occurred in the business section of Aer Lingus flight EI 110 from New York's JFK airport shortly before it came in to land in Shannon.

It is understood the injured Aer Lingus air hostess suffered a suspected fracture in one of her feet and was taken to hospital for X-ray and medical treatment.

The police officer was not seriously hurt and did not require hospital treatment.

A spokesman for Shannon Airport said the flight touched down before 5am.

Allegations

"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.

Ms O'Riordan, 43, was detained under section four of the Criminal Justice Act and was questioned over allegations of assault.

Originally from Limerick in the west of Ireland, the distinctive singer became a multi award-winning musician after securing the role of lead singer of the Cranberries when she was just 18.

She is married with three children and has been living in Dublin.

The Cranberries went on to become one of the biggest bands of the 1990s, selling tens of millions of records.

A spokesman for 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," he said.

"The matter is being investigated by An Garda Siochana [Irish police]. As this is a security matter we will not comment any further"

A file is being prepared for the Director of Public Prosecutions.