Former Fine Gael councillor loses appeal against corruption sentence

Fred Forsey was convicted in 2012 of taking €80,000 in corrupt payments from a property developer

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Fred Forsey arrives at the Criminal courts of Justice in Dublin with partner Karen Morrissey in 2012 | Photo: RollingNews.ie

A former Fine Gael councillor has had his appeal against a corruption sentence dismissed by the courts.

Fred Forsey was convicted of six counts of corruption by Waterford District Court in 2012.

The former Dungarvan councillor was jailed for four years after being found guilty of taking €80,000 in corrupt payments from a property developer to influence planning decisions. 

In his appeal, it was argued that he did not have the power to grant planning permission, as the process came under the remit of Waterford County Council.

He also appealed on the grounds that the judge misdirected the jury as to the burden of proof required.

The court ruled that while he did not have the power to grant planning permission as a Dungarvan town councillor, Mr Forsey exploited his position to influence planning applications.

It was found that he used his position to approach and seek to influence colleagues and officials within Waterford County Council.

Mr Forsey, who has already served his full sentence, had the appeal of his conviction rejected this morning.