Before she tragically passed away in January, Dolores O'Riordan had been working with her Cranberries bandmates on a new album - their first since 2012's 'Roses'.

Now, the band have revealed that the album will see the light of day 'early next year', according to a statement.

Guitarist Noel Hogan revealed that he had been discussing new music with O'Riordan in the days before her death, and she had emailed him new songs.

In a statement, the Limerick band also said that since last summer, they had been preparing a 25th anniversary edition of their debut album 'Everybody Else is Doing It, So Why Can't We?' that was planned for release this month, but which had been put on hold. However, it is now planned for release later in the year.

Read the full statement below:

"This month marks the 25th anniversary of the release of our debut album “Everybody Else is doing it so why can’t we”. In recent weeks we have had a number of media enquiries asking if we were planning anything to commemorate this milestone.

We can confirm that since last summer the band had been working with Universal Music on the creation of a very special 25th anniversary edition of the album, a newly re mastered version with previously unreleased material of ours as well as other bonus material from the era of our debut album. We had planned to release this special edition this month to coincide with the 25th anniversary. However, given Dolores’ passing in January we put the entire project on hold.

In recent weeks we revisited this. After much consideration we have decided to finish what we started. We thought about it and decided that as this is something that we started as a band, with Dolores, we should push ahead and finish it. So that’s the plan, to finish the project and get the special 25th anniversary edition album out later this year.

We will also be completing the recording of a new studio album as previously announced, which we also started last year and for which Dolores had already recorded the vocals. All going well we hope to have this new album finished and out early next year.

We will keep you all up to date as things progress.
Noel, Mike and Ferg"