Thursday 19 October 2017

Facts and figures on agency that spent €720m on humanitarian programmes

Goal facts and figures:

• In 1977 former sports journalist John O'Shea began his charitable organisation GOAL with a IR£10,000 donation for a feeding project in Calcutta.

• The charity has a major sporting backbone and boasts John McEnroe, Pat Cash and Gordon D'Arcy amongst their "Goalies" (volunteers).

• Since its inception, GOAL has spent in excess of €720m on humanitarian programmes in more than 50 countries.

• The State's overseas aid division drew up an audit in 2011 of how Goal spent €14m in State funding. It stated there was concern about the "uncertainty over the effective exercise of higher-level oversight of management systems and personnel".

• Former board director Fran Rooney said a "culture of secrecy" and resistance to reform at the agency led him to quit the board in December 2011.

• Mr O'Shea earns an annual salary of just less than €100,000.

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