Saturday 18 November 2017

Laura Noonan: The fortunes of O'Shea and Goal are diverging

HE didn't name GOAL after himself, but he might as well have done. For the last 35 years, John O'Shea has been the public face of GOAL -- and the private force behind its astonishing growth. He's been the NGO's spokesman, its chief executive, its strategist, its fundraiser.

The man and the mission have been inexorably linked for so long that the events of yesterday would have been unthinkable even a few years back.

It's easy to understand how Mr O'Shea came to have such a larger-than-life presence even in an organisation that is now so very large, with more than 2,700 staff worldwide and income of €73m at the last count.

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