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Tuesday 21 August 2018

GOAL is hit as four quit board

AID agency GOAL is undergoing major changes after four board members resigned in recent days.

Just two of its six directors are still in-situ after a turbulent week for the organisation.

The agency came under fire after CEO John O'Shea, who earns a six-figure salary, was criticised over his role in the Sharon Commins kidnap case in Sudan.

Commins was abducted in 2009 while posted in Darfur and spent 107 days in captivity.

Upon her return to Dublin, the volunteer accused the charity of failing to perform its duty properly and said that she had never received any training on how to cope in high risk areas.

However, key members of the team have insisted the damage caused by Commins' case is not the reason for the resignations.

"The board had been there for a long time and we decided it was time to bring in some new blood," said Andy Butler, one of those stepping down alongside David Allman, Conor Sparks and chairman Jerry Sheehan.

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