Thursday 21 September 2017

GOAL board will have a say on any O'Shea deal

Luke Byrne and Tim Healy

GOAL board members will have to approve any agreement reached between the charity and chief executive John O'Shea in the action he has taken against it.

Yesterday, the High Court heard that talks between both parties had made "some progress" and it was possible that further hearings might be unnecessary.

GOAL's directors, who Mr O'Shea last week believed were trying to oust him from the organisation he set up in 1977, are not directly involved in the talks.

It is understood that any agreement will be negotiated by legal representatives for each side and subsequently voted on by the board.

Last week, Mr O'Shea secured a temporary injunction, which has since expired, to stop the board from taking any action regarding his employment.

An application for a second semi-permanent injunction was due to be heard yesterday but no judge was available to hear the case.

The matter came before Ms Justice Mary Laffoy who was told by Paul McGarry, counsel for Mr O'Shea, that some progress had been made between the parties.

Later, the judge was told the matter could be adjourned until Monday.

Irish Independent

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