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Troubled charity GOAL seeking up to 25 redundancies

The news caps a difficult 2016 for the charity.

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IRISH CHARITY GOAL is to seek up to 25 redundancies across its offices in Dublin and London.

The charity says the redundancies are being sought as a result of a “tighter funding environment”, with the aim being the prioritisation of relief efforts.

Staff were formally informed of the redundancy proposals in writing by management yesterday.

“2016 was a challenging year for GOAL as we sought to continue our relief efforts whilst also taking significant steps to restore the confidence of our donors in our systems, controls and management capacity,” said Celine Fitzgerald, general manager of the charity in reaction to the news.

We need to develop a more sustainable cost base to support our ongoing humanitarian relief efforts and regrettably, this is likely to involve some redundancies.

A two-week voluntary application process has been put in place in an effort “to avoid compulsory redundancies”.

Any redundancies will take place on or around 1 March according to the charity, with all staff members involved entitled to a statutory redundancy package.

The news comes after a difficult 2016 for both GOAL and the Irish charity sector in general.

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In April of last year the charity admitted that it was being investigated by the US government in relation to suggested financial improprieties in relation to its procurement practices in Syria.

As a result of those allegations GOAL had some of its funding by the US government’s foreign aid agency USAID suspended.

In the fallout from that investigation, the charity’s CEO Barry Andrews resigned his position in October of last year, saying that  it had become clear to him that GOAL required “a fresh start in terms of leadership”.

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