Wednesday 22 November 2017

GOAL chief O'Shea's bid for injunction adjourned

Tim Healy

THE High Court has adjourned until Thursday an injunction application by GOAL chief executive John O'Shea restraining the aid organisation's board from taking any steps to suspend or remove him from his position.

Mr O'Shea's application for a semi-permanent, or interlocutory, injunction, which would be in place pending the full hearing, is unlikely to be heard before the end of July when the courts go on a two-month break.

Mr O'Shea, who founded GOAL 35 years ago, has brought the proceedings against its board claiming steps are being taken to remove him. He obtained a temporary injunction preventing the board from doing so. That temporary order, granted earlier this month, was lifted after agreement between the parties.

The application came back yesterday before Ms Justice Mary Laffoy who was asked by Paul McGarry for Mr O'Shea to fix this Thursday as the hearing date of his client's application for an interlocutory injunction.

Ms Justice Laffoy, in agreeing to adjourn the matter to Thursday, expressed the view that it was unlikely that the matter would be heard before the end of July. The High Court lists were "choc-a-bloc" between now and the end of term, the judge added.

Irish Independent

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