Goal finds itself in a better position today than when the merger talks began in February. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Merger talks between the aid agencies Goal and Oxfam Ireland have ended without a deal. The two organisations began formal negotiations in February (...)

A report by USAid, confirms that it has decided not to suspend or disbar Goal from American funding. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

A US government investigation into alleged fraud at the aid agency Goal included an examination of claims involving members of its senior management t(...)

Goal is regarded as the leading force in rapid humanitarian response in Ireland, as seen with its work in Haiti rebuilding schools. Photograph: Alan Betson

Ireland’s largest aid agencies, Goal and Concern, were until recent weeks in talks about a potential merger, The Irish Times has learned. The discuss(...)

Oxfam and Goal will continue to deliver aid programmes pending the outcome of their merger discussions.

One of Ireland’s biggest charities, Goal, which has been rocked by an investigation into its spending of United States aid money in Syria, is to enter(...)

Goal general manager Celine Fitzgerald: “It’s not like there’s a queue of other agencies that can do this. There isn’t.” Photograph: Alan Betson

Goal has changed beyond recognition since it was set up by the former journalist John O’Shea in 1977, but some things have remained constant. One is i(...)

Goal general manager Celine Fitzgerald: she said the organisation needed to further reduce its cost base. Photograph: Shane O’Neill/Fennell Photography

The aid agency Goal is to seek 25 redundancies at its offices in Dublin and London as it moves to cut costs in the wake of a damaging US investigation(...)

Barry Andrews: he held a seat in the Dún Laoghaire constituency for Fianna Fáil between 2002 and 2011, when he lost out in the party’s post-bailout electoral meltdown

Fianna Fáil is eyeing up a political return for former minister and ex-Goal chief executive Barry Andrews as the party seeks to make gains in Dublin a(...)

 Charlie Flanagan: following “an intensive process of engagement with Goal”, Irish Aid was releasing €3.92 million in development funding for Goal. Photograph: Etienne Laurent/EPA

The Government has released almost €4 million in funding to the aid agency Goal, giving an important boost to the organisation as it attempts to repai(...)

USAID has told Goal and other agencies to halt certain procurements using American funds pending the outcome of an inquiry. Photographs: The Irish Times/Getty Images/Goal

The aid agency Goal is to close its offices in the United States as it attempts to contain the fallout from a US investigation into its operation in S(...)

Barry Andrews with children in Syria: he has stepped down as CEO of Goal which is one of a number of aid agencies being investigated by the US Office of Inspector General. Photograph: courtesy of Goal

It started with a single lorry. In it were Goal field workers, bringing their first supplies to Harem town, in Idlib province in north Syria. Winter w(...)

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