Progress reported in talks between Goal and John O'Shea


Talks between aid agency Goal and its chief executive John O’Shea, who claims efforts are being made to remove him, are making progress, the High Court heard yesterday.

Mr O’Shea, who founded the organisation 35 years ago, is seeking an injunction restraining the board of Goal from taking any steps to suspend or remove him from his position.

A temporary injunction preventing the board from doing so has been lifted following agreement between the parties, but the application for an interlocutory injunction, to apply pending the full hearing of his action, has yet to be heard.

The matter came back before Ms Justice Mary Laffoy yesterday, who was told by Paul McGarry SC, for Mr O’Shea, that “some progress” had been made in talks between the parties.

Patrick Hanratty SC, for Goal, said his client was hoping the interlocutory injunction matter could be heard before the end of this month.

Later, Ms Justice Laffoy was told the parties were “making progress” in their talks and the matter could be adjourned until Monday.