This was not done out of revenge, says wife
FRED Forsey Jnr denies pocketing €80,000 from a developer in return for helping him to get lands rezoned.
His wife, Jenny Forsey, agreed at her estranged husband's trial yesterday that she was like a woman where "hell hath no fury", but she rejected that she complained to gardai out of revenge.
Jenny Forsey said that on a Friday night in July 2006, she and her husband were in The Moorings pub in Dungarvan, Co Waterford, where they met many people including a "very wealthy" man who she knew to be a property developer.
She said her husband had a 15-minute conversation with him. Later that night while they were walking home from the pub, she asked Mr Forsey what he had discussed with this man and he said: "I think I'll get in with him (the developer)."
Mrs Forsey said she didn't understand what he meant.
She said her husband met this man on another occasion. Fred Forsey Jnr told her the developer wanted to bring industry to the area. She didn't know if rezoning was mentioned at that stage.
She described how her husband went into "pure panic mode" and held a series of meetings with councillors and planning officials.
"He was under pressure," she said. "He said he had arranged meetings on a Saturday all over the county" before agreeing that her husband was meeting county councillors to "try and convince" them to extend the town boundary to include land at the centre of the developer's planning application.
Waterford County Council executive engineer Aoife O'Flaherty was among officials to give evidence yesterday about the planning application at the centre of the case. It involved lands outside of Dungarvan which were zoned as agricultural but the developer wanted this to be changed.
Ms O'Flaherty said the application was refused. The land was zoned agricultural and not appropriate for a residential development, road networks were not sufficient and the application was "premature".
The court heard the planning application would not be given permission "in the normal course", unless material contravention was approved.