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Mistress and wife attend politician's corruption trial

THE ex-wife of a politician laid bare the break-up of her marriage in court as she claimed he had corruptly accepted money from a developer.

Jenny Forsey admitted that she was furious with her husband for starting an affair with a younger woman.

She had threatened to go public on her beliefs that he was allegedly accepting corrupt payments from a developer.

Mrs Forsey, of Ballinroad, Dungarvan, Co Waterford, described the breakdown of her marriage to Fred Forsey after he sent a text message meant for his new lover to their daughter.

Forsey's new partner, Karen Morrissey, looked on from the gallery of Waterford Circuit Court.


Forsey (42) of Collagh Road, Abbeyside, Dungarvan, Co Waterford is accused of corruptly accepting €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 denied six counts contrary to the Prevention of Corruption (Amendment) Act 2001. The developer cannot be named for legal reasons.

Mrs Forsey told how she married Forsey, a driving instructor, in 1990. The couple have three children, now aged 15, 18 and 20, and in 2004 he was co-opted on to the town council for Fine Gael.

Mrs Forsey described how she went with her husband to a pub in Dungarvan in July 2006 where he met a "very wealthy" developer.

On the walk home, Forsey told his wife "I think I'll get in with him (the developer)".

She said in August 2006 her husband told them he had booked a family holiday to Rome. When she asked where the money came from, he told her a developer had lodged €30,000 into his account.

She agreed that Forsey was meeting county councillors to "try and convince" them to extend the town boundary to include land at the centre of the developer's application.

The couple modernised their home shortly afterwards with new windows, carpets and a new fireplace.

The trial continues.