Dolores O’Riordan has escaped doing jail time after pleading guilty to assaulting an air hostess and police officers in November 2014. After an alleged incident of air rage, the singer was taken off of a flight from New York and arrested at Shannon Airport. While being detained, O’Riordan told officers that she was an “icon” and “the Queen of Limerick.” She has since been diagnosed with bipolar disorder, and the court heard that the condition could have been a factor in the incident. As a result, a judge ruled that it would be unfair to hand O’Riordan a criminal conviction.
Instead, she was ordered to give 6,000 euros (£4,690) to charity following a hearing at Ennis District Court in County Clare on Wednesday (February 24th). The judge accepted that O’Riordan had no memory of the incident and had a “very severe medical illness which completely inhibited her judgement”. He added, “Let me be utterly clear that the defendant is not being treated any differently than anyone else,” The judge asked for the money to be paid to a charity that helps prisoners ahead of their release from jail.
When leaving the courthouse, O’Riordan said she was feeling “very positive about this coming year,” and she added, “I have a couple of albums coming out and I’m going to go back to work.”