Thursday 26 April 2018

GOAL’s John O’Shea calls full-time on role with charity

GOAL founder John O'Shea is to retire from his role as CEO of the Charity he founded 35 years following the settlement of his High Court action aimed at restraining the board of Goal from taking any steps to suspend or remove him from his position.

This afternoon at the High Court, 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.

In a statement issued following the conclusion of Court proceedings it was announced that Mr O’Shea will retire from his role as CEO at the end of August after a mutually acceptable arrangement was agreed between the parties.

In addition Goal's board said that it "intends to explore opportunities to collaborate with John for the betterment of the organisation given John’s vast experience and expertise."

The Statement added that Mr O'Shea "would like to thank all of those people involved in GOAL, especially the thousands of GOALies, who assisted the organisation over many years in alleviating the suffering of the world’s poor."

The Board said it wanted to pay tribute to Mr O'Shea and his "astonishing work and contribution to GOAL and support for the downtrodden of the developing world is deservedly renowned."

Since 1977 Goal has delivered over one billion dollars in aid and emergency relief programmes to the poorest of poor in over 50 countries, saving tens of thousands of lives and improving countless others."

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