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'take a stand' TD calls on Sky Ireland not to broadcast any boxing matches arranged by Daniel Kinahan

"It is not sufficient for Sky to take Daniel Kinahan at his word regarding his involvement in the sport," the Fine Gael TD has claimed.

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A TD has written to the Chief Executive of Sky Media in Ireland and urged him to ensure no future boxing matches involving Daniel Kinahan will be shown on the network.

Outspoken Neale Richmond pointed to the fact that Sky is a signatory to the United Nations Global Compact, which means they have an obligation to address any issues within their supply chains.

JD Buckley has been at the helm of Sky Ireland for almost two years has been told that "now is not the time for ignorance" and is urged to take a stand against Daniel Kinahan and his criminal behaviour.

“I am writing to you once again in reference to Daniel Kinahan’s ongoing involvement in professional boxing in an attempt to whitewash his reputation,” the TD states.

Richmond then points out that Kinahan founded the company, now called MTK Global, in 2012 and despite claims that he has walked away from boxing states - this is not the case.

“This week boxer Billy Joe Saunders confirmed this suspicion that Daniel Kinahan is involved in boxing, and at the highest of levels when he stated ‘he has done every single world title fight for me.

"He’s done the deal.

"This would then include Saunders fight against Martin Murray which was shown on Sky Sports in December,” the TD says.

Richmond has asked Buckley to note that Sky is signed to the UN Global Compact. “As part of this commitment I would urge you to ensure that any future boxing matches broadcast on your network have no involvement of Daniel Kinahan.

"It is not sufficient for Sky to take Daniel Kinahan at his word regarding his involvement in the sport, due diligence must be carried out prior to any broadcasting commitment.”

Earlier this week Kinahan himself issued a statement to Talk Sport in the UK stating that he is still involved in boxing and will continue to be.

“Given the nature of Daniel Kinahan’s character; the violence, death and destruction he has left in his wake both in Ireland and around the world now is not the time for ignorance but for Sky to take a stand against Daniel Kinahan and his criminal behaviour.

"Fans of boxing around the world do not deserve to have their sport tarnished by criminal actors. By taking a stand against Daniel Kinahan’s involvement, Sky can make a tangible impact on his involvement in the sport.”

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