UK minister calls on Ulster to reconsider Kingspan deal
A senior Conservative minister in the UK has written to Ulster Rugby asking them to reconsider their relationship with Kingspan after the firm’s products were used in Grenfell Tower, where 72 people were killed in a fire four years ago.
The insulation firm is the club’s shirt sponsor and also holds naming rights to its home stadium in Ravenhill in south Belfast.
Earlier this month, Formula One team Mercedes and Kingspan announced the end of their partnership, saying it was “not appropriate” to continue.
Kingspan are also a long-term sponsor of Cavan GAA.
The Grenfell Inquiry into the tragic fire at the London tower block heard evidence criticising Kingspan’s business practices.
Kingspan has said that its K15 insulation product made up only 5% of the insultation in the tower block, and was used without its recommendation.
It has also said that the exterior cladding, which it did not manufacture, was deemed by the inquiry to be the “principal reason” for how quickly the fire spread.
Michael Gove tweeted that he has written to Ulster Rugby to ask them to reconsider their relationship with Kingspan while the Grenfell Inquiry is ongoing.
Sharing a copy of the letter, he added: “I will continue to pursue justice and accountability for the Grenfell community and those affected by building safety crisis”.
In a statement issues to RTÉ Sport Ulster Rugby said: “We can confirm that Jonny Petrie received a letter from the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, Michael Gove, yesterday afternoon in relation to our partnership with Kingspan.
“The information contained within will be considered as part of an existing active review, and we won’t be making any further comment at this time.”