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Monday 23 October 2017

GOAL in disarray as two directors quit aid agency

Luke Byrne

Luke Byrne

THE charity GOAL was in disarray last night as two directors resigned.

Chairman Ken Fogarty (55) resigned last month -- but that resignation only became public yesterday when a second director, Fran Rooney (55), announced he was also quitting. Both men were on the board of GOAL for just three months. The previous board resigned in August.

At the time of his appointment as chairman, Mr Fogarty said that the new board had "full confidence" in high-profile CEO John O'Shea.


Yesterday, Mr Rooney said it was unacceptable that a second chairman had resigned in three months.

Mr Fogarty cited corporate governance issues at GOAL for his leaving, Mr Rooney said.

Mr O'Shea could not be reached for comment last night.

Directors of the charity are unpaid and usually picked by Mr O'Shea.

Mr Fogarty said: "I still have every confidence in the board.

"The structure that's required to give the transparency and accountability for the entire organisation is there on paper, it doesn't have to have my name on it," he added. Mr Rooney would not comment further.

Most of the previous board resigned in August. One member told the Irish Independent at the time that a decision had been made to bring in "new blood" and the decision was agreed on all sides.

GOAL's stated mission is as an international humanitarian agency dedicated to alleviating the suffering of the poorest of the poor. It was criticised for its handling of the Sharon Commins' kidnap in Sudan two years ago, and the role played by Mr O'Shea.

Ms Commins spent 107 days in captivity in 2009, after she and her colleague Hilda Kawuki were abducted while working for GOAL in Darfur.

She criticised the agency following her release, claiming that it failed in its duty to protect its staff.

However, Mr O'Shea defended the charity, saying he felt that he did not have responsibility for security of all of his staff.

Irish Independent

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