Sunday 22 October 2017

Irish charity Goal announces redundancies at head offices

Celine Fitzgerald: ‘It is critical to sort out issues facing Goal’
Celine Fitzgerald: ‘It is critical to sort out issues facing Goal’
Independent.ie Newsdesk

Independent.ie Newsdesk

Irish charity Goal has announced that it is looking for 25 redundancies as a result of "tighter funding".

In a statement the charity announced that the job losses would be across all head office functions in Dublin and London.

"The move reflects a much tighter funding environment for GOAL in 2017 as it seeks to mitigate the impact on its humanitarian relief programmes for millions of the world’s poorest and most vulnerable people," the charity confirmed in a statement.

Staff were formally informed of the redundancy proposals in writing by management yesterday.

In an effort to avoid compulsory redundancies, a two-week voluntary redundancy application period has been opened for all staff.

Staff who either volunteer for, or is selected for redundancy, will be entitled to a statutory redundancy package. 

Commenting Ms Celine Fitzgerald, General Manager GOAL, said: “2016 was a challenging year for GOAL as we sought to continue our relief efforts whilst also taking significant steps to restore the confidence of our donors in our systems, controls and management capacity.

"The last number of weeks have seen substantive progress in that regard with Irish Aid taking the welcome decision to resume payments to GOAL of almost €4 million in funds due for 2016, and USAID recently approving the awarding of a grant to GOAL for our programmes in Honduras, Ethiopia and Sudan.

“Despite this progress and ongoing discussions with our major donors in respect of future funding we need to develop a more sustainable cost base to support our ongoing humanitarian relief efforts and regrettably, this is likely to involve some redundancies,” Ms Fitzgerald added.

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