“I know in my heart that Danny Foley is not capable of the things he has been accused of,” she said.
Mr Foley’s partner also said the future was now very unclear for him and they would be appealing the seven-year sentence he had received, two years of which were suspended by Judge Donagh McDonagh.
“Whenever Danny can come home, he can hold his head high, because people are here to support him and they believe in him and, in my mind, he has done nothing wrong and has nothing to hide.”
The woman who has known Foley since last March said there was tremendous support for him in Listowel and people were turning up in their droves to support the family.
“Everyone is devastated. Nobody who knows him can believe this of him. Danny has been of impeccable good character. He’s held in the highest of esteem. He has no previous convictions. He has never been in any trouble of any description and anybody who knows Danny knows that he is not capable of what he is accused of.”
On Lunchtime with Eamon Keane on Newstalk 106-108fm she said: “He can hold his head high because people are here to support him and they believe in him and in my mind he has done nothing wrong and has nothing to hide.”
She did not believe there was enough evidence to convict him, commenting: “Whatever was said by that girl (victim) was said to be gospel and everything that Danny said was rubbished and made out to be lies and I just don’t believe that to be the case.”
Meanwhile, Bernie McCarthy, a counsellor at Kerry Rape Crisis Centre who accompanied the victim in court, said Foley took away the victim’s confidence and respect from herself.
“She feels that she is totally being judged. That people from her own locality came in there yesterday. 50 people lined up, nobody looked at her or thought of supporting her. It’s a very difficult place to be and it’s a devastating position to be in,” the counsellor said.
Ms McCarthy said the judge and jury believed her without any doubt and it was now very difficult for her to hear that people were not believing her, adding: “I don’t think she has ever felt as low as a result of what happened yesterday in court.”
Ms McCarthy asked the people who lined up to shake Foley’s hand to think again about what they did and to consider the evidence that had been given.
“He was found guilty. He is guilty of this offence and they should really think about what it was like and what they have done to add to her pain,” she said.
The rape crisis centre, in Tralee, got hundreds of calls yesterday from people who wanted to express their support for the victim – the biggest reaction ever, according to Ms McCarthy.