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Former Irish ‘premier’ Bertie Ahern was a protégée of Charlie Haughey who was forced from government because of his phone tapping scandal.
Haughey was three times prime minister of Ireland but he was also a gunrunner who had helped wealthy people to evade their taxes and of course he took his cut, like a true Mafioso.
Haughey maintained constant eavesdropping on both allies and foes until he was run out of politics and then emerged the truth of how deep he was mired in corruption from tax evasion to embezzlement.
It later emerged that Haughey had helped Ireland’s top grocer to dodge tax and Tribunal lawyers discovered that Haughey had arranged a meeting between Ireland’s leading grocer and top tax inspectors.
These discussions resulted in the grocer’s tax bill being reduced by millions and the Tribunal found that it was not coincidental, and that it was a substantial benefit conferred on the grocer by Haughey’s actions.
All this skullduggery was studied by his protégé ‘premier’ Bertie Ahern.
We call Bertie Ahern ‘premier’ because that is the title conferred on him by Rupert Murdoch who made the petulant decision to make Ahern ‘premier’ of Ireland. (See Johnlifebooks blog https://johnlifebooks.wordpress.com/wp-admin/post.php?post=57&action=edit )
And apprentice Ahern learned the lesson from Haughey – always do your master’s bidding.
Not only was Rupert Murdoch allowed to establish a powerful media presence in Ireland, so powerful it could make or break a government, but his foot soldiers were given leeway to establish eavesdropping operations not only on the Irish but also on UK citizens and the British royal family.
News International’s Dublin headquarters was staffed by Alex Marunchak who formerly worked on the London newsdesk of the News Of The World.
He had been promoted by Rebekah Brooks, the former chief executive of News International and known as Rupert Murdoch’s ‘fifth daughter’.
Alex Marunchak set up an extensive phone tapping operation for the News Of The World and ran it from Dublin.
He is a Ukrainian who has spent most of his working life with the News Of The World.
But in the 1990s before coming to Ireland Alex Marunchak had a second job while full time working for the News Of The World.
He was also employed as an interpreter for the UK’s Metropolitan Police.
Some may find it bizarre that a News Of The World snooper was also hired to translate for victims, witnesses and suspects of UK crimes who could not speak English.
Of course Alex Marunchak had to be vetted and of course he signed the UK’s Official Secrets Act.
But there was little vetting in Dublin and he was given free run to set up an elaborate phone tapping operation for News Of The World, which not only scanned UK politicians, business people and celebrities but also eavesdropped on the British royal family.
The question now for Irish citizens to ask is what was Alex Marunchak’s relationship with Bertie Ahern.
Mr. Ahern became a columnist for the News Of The World earning some €100,000 a year.
Bertie Ahern cannot write. He was phoned up by the News Of The World office in Dublin, bladdered away and a News International reporter transcribed it into English.
But Bertie Ahern was a regular attendant at News International business and social events.
Mr. Ahern habitually attended the News Of The World Christmas parties.
Can Mr. Ahern truthfully say he never worked for Alex Marunchak, or will he deny ever meeting Alex Marunchak?
Former Irish ‘premier’ Bertie Ahern has questions to answer about his working relationship with Rupert Murdoch and the tax regime News International enjoyed in the Republic but also Mr. Ahern must now come clean about Alex Marunchak who ran a massive phone tapping operation from Dublin for the News Of The World that eavesdropped on UK politicians, celebrities, ordinary citizens and the British royal family while they were in the UK and possibly the USA. https://johnlifebooks.wordpress.com