Sunday 27 May 2018

Court hears progress being made in Goal’s John O'Shea injunction talks

GOAL founder John O'Shea
GOAL founder John O'Shea

Tim Healy

TALKS between aid agency Goal and its chief executive John O'Shea - who claims efforts are being made to remove him - are making progress, the High Court heard today.

Mr O'Shea, who founded the organisation 35 years ago, is seeking an injunction restraining the board of Goal from taking any steps to suspend or remove him from his position.

A temporary injunction preventing the board from doing so, granted last week, was lifted following agreement between the parties, the court was told. However, the application for a semi-permanent, or interlocutory, injunction which would be in place pending the full hearing of his action, is still to be heard.

The application came back before Ms Justice Mary Laffoy today who was told by Paul McGarry SC, for Mr O'Shea, "some progress" had been made in talks between the parties. The court also heard there was no judge available to hear the matter today.

Patrick Hanratty SC, for Goal, said his client was hoping the injunction matter could be heard before the end of this month.

Later, Ms Justice Laffoy was told the parties were "making progress" in their talks and the matter could be adjourned until Monday and if no further progress was made, the hearing would be going ahead.

Previously, the court heard there appeared to be a "personality clash" between Goal chairman Pat O'Mahony and Mr O'Shea who had been told not to attend a board meeting of the agency nearly two weeks ago when a vote to suspend Mr O'Shea was defeated by six votes to five.

Mr O'Shea then brought his High Court proceedings fearing an effort to suspend might be made at another board meeting scheduled for Tuesday week last. He got a temporary injunction preventing that meeting from dealing with his position claiming there was a concerted effort to remove him.

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