In 1981, he was kidnapped by the IRA and held for seven days. He was released unharmed.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, Charles 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. On 22 March 2011, the Moriarty Tribunal concluded of Ben Dunne's dealings with Michael Lowry that "What was contemplated and attempted on the part of Mr Dunne and Mr Lowry was profoundly corrupt to a degree that was nothing short of breathtaking" – the report referring to its finding Mr Lowry sought to influence a rent review of a building part-owned by Mr Dunne.He now owns a chain of fitness centres called Ben Dunne Gyms in located in Dublin and Liverpool, which he personally promotes on radio, using recent Irish advertising legislation which allows direct comparisons to named competitors. Dunne was working on a new health club, to open in Dun Laoghaire in Dublin, but abandoned the project due to complaints from local residents.In April 2005 he paid £3,000,000 for a 21-acre (85,000 m2) 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. Instead, in February 2008, his company Barkisland Developments Limited submitted a planning application to the Royal Borough of Kingston upon Thames Council for change of use of the sports ground to a cemetery. The application to change the former BBC Sports Ground into a cemetery was withdrawn on 3 October 2008. It had become clear that planning permission was likely to be refused. Objections were lodged by many local residents, sports clubs, Sport England and the Mayor of London.
The Kiddie and Ben Dunne (entrepreneur)The Kiddie (stylized as THE KIDDIE) is a five-member visual kei rock band from Tokyo, Japan. The band was formed in May 2007 by vocalist Yusa (ex-Kazoku) and drummer Yuudai (ex-Kazoku).They held their first live performance on July 1, 2007 at Meguro Rockmaykan, and then debuted their first single "Little Senobi" on October 3, 2007. In 2010, The Kiddie signed with major label King Records and released their major debut single "Smile". on July 14. The Kiddie released their first album, Brave New World, on November 24, 2010. Their second album, MA★PIECE was released on March 28, 2012. Their third album, The 5 -FIVE- was released on November 28, 2012.Contents 1 Members 2 Discography 2.1 Studio albums 2.2 Singles 2.3 DVDs 2.4 Others 3 References 4 External linksMembers Yusa (揺紗) - vocals Yuusei (佑聖) - lead guitar Jun (淳) - rhythm guitar Sorao (そらお) - bass Yuudai (ユウダイ) - drums Discography Studio albums Single Collection (March 24, 2010) Brave New World (November 24, 2010) Ma★Piece (March 28, 2012) The 5 -Five- (November 28, 2012) Single Collection 2 (May 1, 2013) Singles Little Senobi (October 3, 2007) Little Senobi (2nd press, January 23, 2008) - Oricon Single Chart Ranking No.184 Plastic Art (March 26, 2008) - Oricon Single Chart Ranking No.133 Sayonara Setsuna (サヨナラセツナ, A Goodbye Moment,October 1, 2008) - Oricon Single Chart Ranking No.103 Noah (April 15, 2009) - Oricon Single Chart Ranking No.55 Elite Star＋ (July 8, 2009) - Oricon Single Chart Ranking No.58 Soar (October 7, 2009) - Oricon Single Chart Ranking No.35 Black Side (November 4, 2009) - Oricon Single Chart Ranking No.42 Poplar (ポプラ, December 2, 2009) - Oricon Single Chart Ranking No.48 Smile. (July 14, 2010) - Oricon Single Chart Ranking No.19 Calling (September 22, 2010) - Oricon Single Chart Ranking No.34 Nutty Nasty (May 25, 2011) - Oricon Single Chart Ranking No.50 Sun'z Up (August 13, 2011) Utsukushiki Redrum (美しきREDRUM, Beautiful Redrum, September 28, 2011) - Oricon Single Chart Ranking No.21 I Sing For You (August 1, 2012) - Oricon Single Chart Ranking No.27 emit. (February 2, 2014) 1414287356 (April 16, 2014) DVDs The Kiddie Happy Spring Tour 2011: Kidd's Now (September 7, 2011) Wonder World (ワンダーワールド, August 4, 2013) Others V-Rock Disney - V.A compilation album (Mary Poppins - "Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious", September 14, 2011) Tribute II -Visual Spirits- - V.A compilation album (hide - "Damage", July 3, 2013)
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