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16th Nov 2014

Dolores O’Riordan Speaks Out About Incident on Aer Lingus Flight

The singer has apologised to the flight attendant after she stood on her foot.

Cathy Donohue

Irish singer Dolores O’ Riordan has apologised for standing on a flight attendant’s foot during a transatlantic flight from New York to Shannon on Monday.

In an interview with the Sunday Independent, Dolores said that she wanted to apologise to flight attendant Carmel Coyne for losing her temper on the flight.

“Carmel is lovely. I know Carmel a long time from flying over and back transatlantic since I had the little wee babies in the buggies. I really like her. She knows for a fact that it was an accident with my metal shoes”.

“And there were bad people having too much booze roaring at me. And I backed up and stood on her foot by an accident, like a child in the playground. I’m sorry Carmel.”

Dolores is an established Irish singer and songwriter

The 43-year-old also said that the incident was very stressful and that “people were scaring” her.

Dolores said that she dealt with the situation by “going into the corner and saying ‘please don’t touch me’. They said to me ‘do you think you are someone?’

“I said: ‘You know who I am. You know I am the singer in the Cranberries.'”

The mother-of-three was detained at Shannon airport after the flight landed, where she allegedly spit on a Garda. She was then taken to Shannon Garda station.

After falling ill, she was brought to University Hospital Limerick where she was assessed by a doctor.

Dolores was later released and a file is being prepared for the Director of Public Prosecutions in relation to the incident.

Earlier this week, her mother Eileen revealed that Dolores recently split from her husband of 20 years, Don Burton.