Millions in funding withheld from Irish charity as investigation continues 2 years ago

Millions in funding withheld from Irish charity as investigation continues

Goal senior manager John Edgar has resigned from the charity amidst a US investigation into international aid programmes in Syria.

The Irish government has also withheld €7 million in funding from Goal as the investigation takes place. The investigation is centred around allegations of "bribery and bid-rigging", according to the Irish Times.

The investigation arose due to a possible case of conflict of interest between a logistics firm, Noble House Business PLC, and various NGOs in areas such as Syria and Turkey which are currently massively affected by displacement of citizens.

Edgar, however, is not believed to be under investigation by USAid.

This is not the first time in recent memory that funding has been withheld from Goal - almost €3 million was similarly held back from the charity in June of 2015.

Funding from Irish Aid is worth roughly 10% of Goal's overall income.