Tuesday 20 March 2018

Goal’s John O’Shea High Court action settled

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

Aodhan O'Faolain

HIGH Court proceedings brought by Goal founder and chief executive John O'Shea aimed at restraining the board of Goal from taking any steps to suspend or remove him from his position have been resolved.

This afternoon, following lengthy discussion between lawyers representing the parties Ms Justice Mary Laffoy was told by Paul McGarry SC, for Mr O'Shea that the matter had been settled and could be struck out.

Earlier Patrick Hanratty SC, for Goal, said there were talks in the matter and it was hoped the matter would not trouble to court. No details of the settlement were revealed in open court.

The Judge welcomed the settlement.

Earlier this month Mr O'Shea initiated High Court proceedings against Goal's board claims steps are being taken to remove him.

He obtained a temporary injunction preventing the board from doing so. That order, granted earlier this month, was lifted following agreement between the parties.

Mr O'Shea's application for a semi-permanent, or interlocutory, injunction which would be in place pending the full hearing of his action was listed for hearing before the High Court today.

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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