Political calls for ‘tougher’ laws to keep Daniel Kinahan out of pro boxing
Northern Irish politician Justin McNulty has called on the British government and NI Executive to introduce ‘tougher’ laws to keep Daniel Kinahan out of professional boxing.© Provided by Extra.ie
The Social Democratic and Labour Party member recommended that new measures be introduced to keep anyone in criminality out of organised sport.
This follows the British government’s refusal to get involved in Kinahan’s links to boxing, insisting that it wasn’t a matter for them.© Provided by Extra.ie This follows the British government’s refusal to get involved in Daniel Kinahan’s links to boxing, insisting that it wasn’t a matter for them. Pic: Collins Dublin
The Newry and Armagh MLA and SDLP Sports Spokesperson said: ‘The Executive and the British Government need to get much tougher on those involved in criminality hiding behind the veneer of professional sports.
‘I was disappointed by Justice Minister Naomi Long’s passive response to my request for an assessment of the alleged impact of the Kinahan organisation on boxing, illegal drugs and organised crime in Northern Ireland.
‘We need to get much tougher if we’re to address the impact that criminal gangs have in our communities.© Provided by Extra.ie Kinahan has organised a number of world title fights and advises UK star Tyson Fury. Pic: Al Bello/Getty Images
‘I have asked further questions of the Minister, including if she has any plans to bring forward legislation that would prevent those involved in criminality from operating in organised sport.
‘I note that her party’s Deputy Leader Stephen Farry MP has also supported such a move.
‘Our Minister and the British Government needs to get serious about disrupting and dismantling crime gangs operating across the border.© Provided by Extra.ie Kinahan brokered the initial two-fight deal between Anthony Joshua and Tyson Fury. Pic: Richard Heathcote/Getty Images
Daniel Kinahan became a talking point once again after BBC Panorama revealed the Dubliner is not only still involved in boxing, but also still advises fighters on their roster.