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(...)

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(...)

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(...)