Saturday 16 December 2017

Goal has over half of funding returned

Celine Fitzgerald: ‘It is critical to sort out issues facing Goal’
Celine Fitzgerald: ‘It is critical to sort out issues facing Goal’

Robin Schiller

Embattled charity GOAL has had over half of its funding for this year returned after a Government pledge of €7m was withheld amid a corruption investigation.

GOAL had been due to receive the cash in July for long-term development work in several African countries.

However, it was withheld due to a US investigation into international aid operations in Syria and led to senior GOAL manager Jonathan Edgar resigning.

The charity has this evening announced the release of €3.9m of 2016 funding by Irish Aid.

“GOAL remains in constructive dialogue with both USAID and Irish Aid regarding future funding,” a statement from the aid agency said.

“The Board of GOAL is enormously grateful to all those who have supported the organisation over the last 40 years and in particular those who have continued to support it at this difficult time,” it added.

The US investigation involves at least 25 agencies, including Goal, which sacked two staff in Turkey after the probe was launched.

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