Friday 25 May 2018

Timeline: A sordid tale of sex, lies and corruption

Eimear Ni Bhraonain

Aug 25, 2006: Developer seeking planning permission to rezone lands outside of Dungarvan lodges €60,000 to AIB account of Dungarvan town councillor Fred Forsey.

Oct 10, 2006: The same developer lodges €10,000 into Fred Forsey's account.

Oct 2006: Fred Forsey splits from his wife, Jenny, and leaves the family home to be with his young lover, Karen Morrissey.

Dec 22, 2006: A final payment of €10,000 is transferred by the developer to Fred Forsey's account.

Apr 2007: Fred Forsey's ex-wife Jenny calls Fine Gael TD John Deasy to tell him about bribes. Mr Deasy advises her to contact gardai.

Apr 2007: Gardai interview Jenny Forsey and take statements from her about her ex-husband.

Jun 27, 2007: Fred Forsey resigns his seat on Dungarvan Town Council after receiving phone call from John Deasy TD asking him to quit.

Jul 2007: Forsey leaves Ireland to move to Australia with Karen Morrissey. They later move to Liverpool, England.

Jan 9, 2008: Waterford county manager issues report advising that rezoning at site outside of Dungarvan was "premature". Report sent to councillors.

May 12, 2008: Waterford county councillors go against planning advice and vote in favour of rezoning lands outside of Dungarvan by a majority of 13-8.

Aug 20, 2008: Environment Minister John Gormley issues the council with a direction to remove the industrial zoning from the lands outside of Dungarvan as per the county manager's report.

Jul 31, 2010: Gardai, acting on confidential information, arrest Forsey at the Park Hotel in Dungarvan where he was attending a wedding.

Aug 5, 2010: Forsey appears in court charged with corruption. Granted bail but ordered to sign on three times a week at Dungarvan garda station.

May 18, 2012: Forsey sobs and trembles as he is convicted by a jury on all six counts of corruption against him.

May 24, 2012: Judge Gerard Griffin adjourns Forsey's sentencing hearing until June 27.

Jun 27, 2012: Forsey sentenced to six years in prison, two of which were suspended, at Criminal Courts of Justice in Dublin.

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