A well-known horse trainer and a former town councillor have both appeared in court in relation to corrupt payment allegations totalling €80,000.

Michael Ryan and Fred Forsey Jnr are each facing six charges in relation to three alleged payments in 2006 concerning the rezoning of land.

Michael Ryan, 58, who runs the famous Al Eile stud at Kilgobnet outside Dungarvan, was back in court today after having been arrested last week along with 41-year-old Fred Forsey Jnr, a former town councillor in Dungarvan.

Both men are facing six charges relating to three separate payments Mr Ryan is alleged to have made to Mr Forsey in 2006 - one for €60,000 and two other payments of €10,000 each.

The charges allege the payments were made in August, October and December of that year to induce or reward in the making of representations to officials and/or members of Waterford County Council and Dungarvan Town Council to support a proposed development of lands at Ballygagin, which were the subject of a planning application in the name of ORS partners.

At Clonmel District Court today, Michael Ryan was remanded on continuing bail, while Mr Forsey successfully met his bail requirements.

Both men are due back on court on 22 September in Dungarvan.