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Statement by Minister Flanagan on ongoing issues at GOAL

Minister Charles Flanagan, Press Releases, Ireland, 2016

 

Statement by Minister Flanagan on ongoing issues at GOAL 

I have learned of the decision by Barry Andrews to stand down as CEO of GOAL.  I would like to acknowledge to his personal contribution in the role over the past four years.  

I have been seriously concerned about the issues under investigation by the US relating to procurement practices for humanitarian assistance operations for Syria, since learning of the investigation at the end of April.  My Department has been in regular contact with the US authorities and with GOAL.  I outlined the Government’s concerns in a meeting with the Chair and members of the Board of GOAL last month.  

The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade has withheld €10.1 million in planned funding for GOAL pending further clarity on the US investigation and on the plans of GOAL.  The Department is maintaining regular contact with the Board of GOAL. 

ENDS

Press Office

13 October 2016