Crime boss Daniel Kinahan has been hired as the special adviser to a sports company backed by the Bahrain royal family.
The announcement was made in the same week his gang was publicly named in open Irish court for the first time.
Kinahan (41), who gardaí say is the leader of the Kinahan organised crime group, has been exiled in the Middle East since the outbreak of the gangland feud in 2016 that has claimed up to 18 lives to date.
He was previously described in a Criminal Assets Bureau (CAB) affidavit to the High Court as managing and controlling the day-to-day drug-trafficking operations of the gang.
More recently, there have been efforts to distance Kinahan from organised crime and this week legendary boxing promoter Bob Arum said he should be entrusted with finding a Middle East location for a potential heavyweight bout between Tyson Fury and Anthony Joshua.
Yesterday, it was announced that Kinahan had been appointed in a special advisory role to KHK Sports, an organisation based in Bahrain.
The company was founded in 2015 by Sheikh Khalid bin Hamad Al Khalifa, the fifth son of Bahraini ruler King Hamad and the president of the Bahrain Olympic Committee.
KHK Sport is predominately involved in martial arts "in addition to investing in many other areas including European soccer clubs".
In a statement, Kinahan was described as an "international boxing power broker" who has been involved in combat sports at the highest level.
He was also quoted in a media release as saying: "It is an honour for me to work with His Highness Sheikh Khalid bin Hamad Al Khalifa, Mr Mohammed Shahid and the entire team at KHK Sports.
"KHK Sports has made an impressive mark on the world of combat sports and has fantastic ambitions to grow into a global powerhouse.
"I look forward to working with the team to realise these dreams and further build Bahrain combat sports into a globally recognised presence.
"We will create opportunities for Bahraini fighters on the international stage whilst attracting the biggest names in the sport to the kingdom."
It comes just days after the Kinahan Organised Crime Group (KOCG) was named in open Irish court for the first time.
In the sentencing hearing of Mark Capper (31), described as a foot soldier, the crime gang's cell structure as well as its involvement in the drugs and firearms trade was revealed.
Det Supt David Gallagher outlined to the non-jury Special Criminal Court how the Kinahan gang operates a hierarchical structure, with compartmentalised "sub-cells" acting independently of one another.
Capper had pleaded guilty in relation to knowing a hit on Patsy Hutch, an older brother of Gerry 'The Monk' Hutch, was due to take place between February and March 2018.
Det Supt Gallagher told the court he was satisfied the criminal organisation that targeted Hutch was the Kinahan gang.
He said it was a criminal organisation involved in serious offences, including murderous feuds, and drugs and firearms trafficking.
The court was told sub-cells operated to "benefit and enhance the capabilities" of the criminal organisation and that this structure meant they would not know what other sub-cells were doing.