A Department of Social Welfare official has been found not guilty of coercion at Sligo Circuit Court. The complainant in the case Martha Rooney had alleged that the defendant had asked her for her oral sex in return for not being prosecuted for fraud. Photograph: James Connolly

A 48-year-old Department of Social Protection official has been found not guilty of coercion at Sligo Circuit Court. Judge Keenan Johnson directed t(...)

Andrew Gilmartin (47), of Drumfad, Grange, County Sligo, has pleaded not guilty to a charge of coercion. He denies compelling a woman to do an act which ‘she was lawfully entitled to abstain from’ at the Social Welfare offices in Cranmore, Sligo on April 9th, 2014. Photograph: James Connolly

A Department of Social Protection official has denied asking a woman caught claiming social welfare while working, for oral sex in return for getting (...)