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Saturday 21 October 2017

Face to face: Spurned wife and mistress in bribes trial

Forsey's
estranged wife,
Jenny
Forsey's estranged wife, Jenny
Fred Forsey Jnr's new partner Karen Morrissey, outside Waterford Circuit Court yesterday
Fred Forsey J

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A POLITICIAN'S estranged wife vented her anger at the break-up of her marriage in court, as her husband's lover sat just feet away.

But Jenny Forsey insisted she was not out for revenge after she blew the whistle on Fred Forsey Jnr (42) for allegedly accepting €80,000 in corrupt payments from a property developer.



As she gave evidence, his new partner Karen Morrissey looked on from the public gallery at Waterford Circuit Court.



Ms Morrissey was just 21 when she moved in with her married lover Mr Forsey. Months later they went to Australia and built a new life together.



But now he faces six counts of planning corruption after his wife gave a statement to gardai about alleged bribes from a property developer.



In an astonishing day of evidence, it emerged yesterday that:



- Mrs Forsey's marriage to the former Fine Gael councillor broke down after he sent a text message meant for his new lover to their teenage daughter.



- Her husband told her and their three children he had "ended it" with Ms Morrissey -- but she later discovered the relationship was not over.



- Mrs Forsey was "so upset" by the marriage breakdown that she thought her car was in first gear when it was in reverse and she crashed into the wall of her estranged husband's home.



- Mrs Forsey also agreed she had attacked her estranged husband's new partner but "she gave as good as she got".



Mr Forsey of Collagh Road, Abbeyside, Dungarvan, Co Waterford, is accused of corruptly accepting three payments of €60,000, €10,000 and €10,000 from a property developer while he was a member of Dungarvan Town Council in return for backing a planning application.



He has pleaded not guilty to the six counts.

Irish Independent

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