Seán Sherlock TD
13 October 2016

Former Minister for Overseas Development Assistance, Seán Sherlock TD, has called on the Government to clarify its position in relation to the resignation of Mr Barry Andrews as CEO of GOAL.

“GOAL is partly funded through Irish aid. Notwithstanding the suspension of funding to GOAL by Irish Aid pending the outcome of the USAID investigation in Syria, it is vital that the Irish taxpayer has a complete understanding of why there has been a suspension of funding to GOAL at this time.

Minister Joe McHugh must now let the taxpayer know exactly what is happening with GOAL at present.

This issue has been bubbling under the surface for some months and Barry Andrews’ resignation is very regrettable.

Everybody felt that he had made great strides in expanding GOAL’s footprint in places like Syria and Sierra Leone, places where many aid agencies could not go to.

I am hopeful that a simple explanation by the Minister and Chairperson of GOAL will help to clarify just exactly what is going on here.

The taxpayers, and supporters to GOAL, demand a simple explanation. Complete transparency is the new watch word for all charitable organisations that rely on public donations.”

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