Wednesday 13 December 2017

Forsey to appeal conviction over '€80k bribes'

Fred Forsey: jailed for four years
Fred Forsey: jailed for four years

Ralph Riegel and Conor Kane

A FORMER Fine Gael councillor jailed for four years for receiving corrupt payments is to lodge an appeal after a developer was acquitted in a related case.

Former deputy mayor of Dungarvan, Fred Forsey (44), is now to challenge his conviction and jailing on the basis that another jury effectively accepted an entirely different version of events had taken place.

Developer Michael Ryan was found not guilty last week after he had insisted a payment of €80,000 to the former councillor was a straightforward loan.

Papers in relation to Mr Forsey's appeal are set to be lodged by September.

Mr Forsey was jailed for six years, with two suspended, after being convicted by a Waterford court in June 2012 of accepting €80,000 in corrupt payments.

His case hit the headlines when it emerged the garda investigation was originally launched on the basis of information provided by Mr Forsey's ex-wife, Jenny.

She had contacted Fine Gael TD John Deasy about the payments her husband received when she discovered her husband of 16 years had been having an affair with a younger woman, Karen Morrissey. Mr Forsey subsequently moved out to live with Ms Morrissey.

Last week, multi-millionaire developer Mr Ryan was found not guilty of making corrupt payments to the politician by unanimous verdict of the jury, who accepted his argument that all the cash given to Mr Forsey in 2006 were loans.

Irish Independent

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