Sunday 18 August 2019

€4m released to Goal after it was withheld amid corruption investigation

Goal had been due to receive the cash in July of this year for long-term development work in several African countries. However, it was withheld due to a US investigation into international aid operations in Syria. Photo: PA
Goal had been due to receive the cash in July of this year for long-term development work in several African countries. However, it was withheld due to a US investigation into international aid operations in Syria. Photo: PA
Robin Schiller

Robin Schiller

Embattled charity Goal has had more than half of its funding for this year released after a Government pledge of €7m was withheld amid a corruption investigation.

Goal had been due to receive the cash in July of this year for long-term development work in several African countries. However, it was withheld due to a US investigation into international aid operations in Syria.

This subsequently led to senior Goal manager Jonathan Edgar resigning.

The charity last night announced the release of €3.9m of 2016 funding by Irish Aid.

"Goal remains in constructive dialogue with both USAID and Irish Aid regarding future funding," a statement from the aid agency said.

"The board of Goal is enormously grateful to all those who have supported the organisation over the last 40 years and in particular those who have continued to support it at this difficult time," it said.

The US investigation involves at least 25 agencies, including Goal, which sacked two of its staff in Turkey after the probe into corruption of the aid operations was launched.

Irish Independent

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