Ben Dunne (entrepreneur)

Ben Dunne (Entrepreneur)

Ben Dunne (entrepreneur)

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Ben Dunne (born 3 March 1949) is an Irish entrepreneur and former director of his family firm, Dunnes Stores, one of the largest chains of department stores in Ireland. In 1981, he was kidnapped by the IRA and held for seven days. He was released unharmed., Paul T. Colgan, The Sunday Business Post, 22 September 2002, retrieved 3 March 2009

In 1992, he was arrested for cocaine possession and soliciting while on a golf holiday in Florida, USA.

He was again embroiled in scandal in the mid-1990s when it emerged he had given large amounts of money to a number of Irish politicians, mainly from the Fianna Fáil party including the then Taoiseach, Charlie Haughey. He also gave money to Michael Lowry of Fine Gael. Mr Justice Brian McCracken, sole member of The McCracken Tribunal which was established by the Irish Government in 1997, found that Dunne knowingly assisted Lowry evade tax.

He now owns a chain of low price fitness centres, Westpoint, Carlisle and Northwood, all based in Dublin, which he personally promotes on radio, using recent Irish advertising legislation which allows direct comparisons to named competitors.

In April 2005 he paid £3,000,000 for a site in Motspur Park, New Malden (South London), former home of BBC Football Club and other BBC sports facilities, and intends to apply for planning permission to build a leisure and fitness centre. However, he did not do so....
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