Tuesday 19 September 2017

Developer in Forsey case seeks cooling off period before trial

Ciaran Murphy

A SOLICITOR representing a developer alleged to have acted corruptly by handing over €80,000 to a former councillor, yesterday asked for a "cooling off period in terms of publicity" before his client goes on trial.

Last month, former Fine Gael Dungarvan town councillor Fred Forsey Jnr (43) was jailed for four years for pocketing €80,000 from a property developer.

Weeks earlier, Forsey was convicted on six counts of receiving the cash payments in 2006.

Forsey, of Coolagh Road in Abbeyside, Dungarvan, Co Waterford, had denied taking cash as an "inducement" to support a rezoning of agricultural lands outside of the town.

Solicitor Bobby Eager, for the developer, who can not yet be named, applied for the transcript of the Forsey trial to be made available to him.

Judge Mary Ellen Ring granted his request. The developer was in court yesterday morning.

Anxious

Mr Eager added that the Forsey trial had attracted "quite a deal of publicity" and there was a "requirement of a cooling off period in terms of publicity" in the case.

Noel Whelan, prosecuting, told Judge Ring that the prosecution was "anxious for it to get on".

He said that the case "might take a bit longer" than the two weeks indicated by Mr Eager.

The matter was put in for the October sitting of the court, with a "possible trial date in November", said Mr Whelan.

Irish Independent

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