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Irish Independent: Revenues slump at the​ Church of Scientology

Discussion in 'Media' started by The Wrong Guy, May 4, 2015.

  1. The Wrong Guy Member

    Revenues slump at the​ Church of Scientology

    The Irish branch of the controversial Church of Scientology is being kept afloat with loans from abroad after seeing its revenues plummet over the last number of years.

    By Paul O'Donoghue, Irish Independent, May 5, 2015

    According to new accounts filed for the organisation, the Church of Scientology Mission of Dublin saw its revenue drop from about €73,000 in to just under €50,000 last year.

    Both figures pale in comparison to the €603,000 of revenue during 2006.

    The Church is now more than €173,000 in the red after booking a loss of €35,494 last year compared to a deficit of €16,800 in 2013. The organisation is being partially sustained by interest-free loans from members of the Church of Scientology around the world.

    A spokesman for the church said: "Many Scientologists in Ireland have for some time been more and more involved in our various community activities, which bring a higher reward than money. These include drug education, criminal reform, moral reform and human rights education."

    He also claimed the church's "weekly congregation at the mission" had increased by 25pc from 2013 to 2014, although did not provide further figures.

    Regarding the loans from abroad, he said: "Scientologists across the globe have been kind enough to assist us in our mission, and this has been very welcome."

    The directors of the church state that as there is no fixed repayment arrangements on the loans, they "will be repaid at the discretion of the directors when future cash resources permit, which in turn is dependent on generating future surpluses".

    Despite the sharp fall in revenue, the directors for the Church of Scientology Mission of Dublin expect "that the company has adequate resources to continue in operational existence for the foreseeable future."

    Continued here:
    http://www.independent.ie/irish-news/news/revenues-slump-at-the-church-of-scientology-31195129.html
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  3. pedrofcuk Member

    Stay tuned for the latest figures, they have submitted accounts for 2014 and 2015 which is a bit weird as we are still in 2015.
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  4. Random guy Member

    Take a bow, Pedro & Co, you are doing sterling work!
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  5. The Wrong Guy Member

    Tony Ortega mentioned this today:

    Scientology in Ireland is crashing

    We’ve said it in past years — thank goodness for Irish law. In that country, Scientology has to open up its books and reveal how much revenue it’s taking in. And once again, the yearly report is dismal.

    Scientology in Ireland took in under 50,000 euros last year, down from the 73,000 it took in the year before — and way down from the 603,000 it received in 2006.

    Pete Griffiths, we blame you!

    But seriously, although there are surely local conditions which might not be repeated elsewhere, these results are consistent with what we’ve been seeing around the world — Scientology involvement is crumbling, and fast.
    What would it do without its whales?

    http://tonyortega.org/2015/05/05/ne...in-scientology-response-video-to-going-clear/
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  6. Random guy Member



    Let's se if i understad this right:

    They earned 50 000 Euro last year
    They had a total loss of 35 494 Euro las year.

    Does that mean their expenses were about 85 thousand Euro?
    Would that be their normal opperational expenses?
  7. I suspect a lot of their "expenses" are money sent uplines (royalties and so forth). It would be interesting to determine if the money coming from "Scientologists across the globe" is the CoS essentially allowing them to get away with not kicking money back to them or if the CoS is still taking their cut but getting individual non-Irish Scientologists to donate money to keep it afloat.
  8. BigBeard Member

    Do they have to account for where these "loans" are coming from, or does the govt just take their word for it since it's a "church"?? Seems like a nice way to launder smelly money if no one is checking.

    BigBeard
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  9. The Wrong Guy Member

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  10. The Wrong Guy Member

    Scientology in Ireland stays barely alive

    By Tony Ortega, The Underground Bunker, March 26, 2016

    Ireland continues to be one of the very few countries in the world that forces Scientology to open its books every year and show detailed information about its financial health, and the new annual report became available yesterday. The Irish Times put a very generous headline on its write-up, making it sound like Scientology was actually gaining ground.

    The truth is, Scientology in Ireland is still a meager thing, with only one mission operating, in Dublin. And the mission is running a deficit in its members’ fund of €173,000. But in the twelve months ending in April 2015, it had received €86,716 in donations from its members, up from the 2014 total of €49,138.

    We’re sure David Miscavige will be thrilled.

    “I doubt that this increase in ‘donations’ represents any genuine expansion, rather their existing membership redoing old Bridge steps as per Golden Age of Tech 2,” says Pete Griffiths, who keeps a close watch on Scientology in Ireland.

    Continued here:
    http://tonyortega.org/2016/03/26/talking-scientology-with-actor-and-podcaster-ethan-mckinley/
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  11. 86K spread out over approximately 10 zealots (and I'm being generous here) does not scream prosperity. A number of Ireland's scilons were recently on their 3rd and 4th purification rundowns, so those figures tally. That is a paltry sum in comparison to 10 years ago; it's not even a re-mortgage on one of their homes, which was the order of the day back then.
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  12. White Tara Global Moderator

    Thank you for providing clarity to those numbers, at first i was seething, then I was scratching my head to break them down to truest sense. Relative local insight trumps every time.
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  13. The Wrong Guy Member

    Ex-Scientology splinter group member to speak at Belfast film screening | Belfast Newsletter

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    John Harvey ... a former member of a religious sect will be among those attending a screening of a documentary about the movement this weekend.

    ‘Sympathy for the Devil’ charts the goings-on within the Process Church of the Final Judgment, and ex-adherent John Harvey will attend a showing of the movie at the Queen’s Film Theatre at 6.30pm on Sunday and take part in a question-and-answer session afterwards.

    It is part of the Belfast Film Festival, which started on Thursday night and runs until April 23, featuring 133 films from 30 countries.

    The Process Church was formed as a splinter group from the Church of Scientology, a highly-controversial US-based organisation.

    Mr Harvey was a member for about one year, from 1967, in London.

    According to promotional material from the film festival organisers, the Process Church “has long been associated with a list of lurid conspiracy theories”.

    It states: “The cult has been accused of being the inspiration for Charles Manson’s ‘crimes of the century’, influencing the assassination of Bobby Kennedy, and being the root of the notorious Son of Sam serial killings.”

    However, it goes on to add that director Neil Edwards found “no concrete evidence to back up those murderous accusations and theories” – though he found the group “shocking” and the stories of its members “extraordinary”.

    It adds: “Only now have former members of the inner circle agreed to reveal the truth and open up about their beliefs, rituals, and the closely guarded secret of the real power behind it all.”

    To buy tickets go to www.belfastfilmfestival.org or ring (028) 9024 6609.

    Source:
    http://www.newsletter.co.uk/news/ex...-to-speak-at-belfast-film-screening-1-7329874
  14. The Wrong Guy Member

    Church of Scientology attempting to recruit in the Irish Gaeltacht

    By Frances Mulraney, IrishCentral, August 31, 2016

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    It appears the controversial Church of Scientology may be widening its recruitment in Ireland to people in the Gaeltacht (Irish-speaking area) and other Irish-speakers throughout the country with attempts made by a sub-company of the church to translate their educational and information supplements into Irish.

    According to Tuairisc.ie, the subcompany – Golden Era Productions – recently wrote to a number of Irish translators looking for people qualified and interested in reproducing their programs in Irish. The company is not believed to have been forthcoming in informing those they contacted about their connection with Scientology, however.

    “In addition to the many languages we already provide we will also now be making our materials available in Gaelic and thus we are looking for qualified and interested translators,” the company wrote.

    As well as making the Church’s material on human rights, the Foundation for a Drug-Free World, and their other educational material available in Irish, it is believed the company wanted translators to also work with them on translating the training videos they make available for their followers around the world.

    With a stockpile of audio-visual and written material to translate, one translator, Amy Ní Cholgáin from Donegal, wrote about the project in the popular Irish-language Facebook group “Gaeilge Amháin.” (“Only Irish” – a group for Facebook users to share interesting stories, engage in discussion, ask questions or share their own work, where only Irish is allowed.) Ní Cholgáin was initially unaware that the material to be translated was the work of L. Ron Hubbard, founder of the Church of Scientology.

    Ní Cholgáin became suspicious, however, once she attempted the trial translation that was attached to the call for translators. The English was peculiar.

    “The drug scene is planetwide and swimming in blood and human misery … And children of drug-taking mothers are born as druggies.”

    After further research among members of Gaeilge Amháin the sentence was found to be the work of Narconon, a company that works to publicize Hubbard's opinions regarding the use of drugs.

    This is not the first time Narconon has been linked with attempts to translate material from the Church of Scientology to Irish. Hubbard's drug rehabilitation program was also behind an earlier attempt to contact Irish translators via the translation service called ProZ.com in October 2015, acting under the guise of a charity organization.

    Translators were told that as the charity had limited funds, the rate of reimbursement would be lower than the normal standard offered for such work, but the work was once again discovered to be the work the amply funded Narconon after it was posted online.

    The Church of Scientology has only one location in Ireland, on Dublin’s Abbey Street, although members are believed to be located throughout the country. The Church’s official website mistakenly lists that location as a United Kingdom branch.

    Despite its attempts to claim charitable, tax-free status in Ireland, the Church of Scientology is yet to be officially recognized in the country as a religion, though it is free to promote Scientology beliefs.

    For many years the Irish branches of the Church struggled to stay out of the red, relying on their richer American counterparts to keep them afloat. After an eight-year legal battle with a former member, the Dublin branches were bailed out by a $445,000 no-interest loan from the US branches. The case was eventually settled out of court in 2002.

    In March 2016, Irish auditors from Kilcoyne & Co. Accountants raised concerns that the company behind the Dublin branch may no longer be viable, despite reducing their losses last year to just $19. In the year ending April 2015, donations to the Irish branch of the Church had risen some 76% but still saw the company struggling with finances.

    The directors of the Irish company, which claims its main activities are “the operation of a church and the provision of religious services,” are listed as the non-executive director of the Church of Scientology Mission of Dublin, Gerard Ryan and Siobhán Ryan.

    The controversial church is believed to have just a few hundred members in Ireland, although exact figures are not provided.

    Source:
    http://www.irishcentral.com/news/Ch...mpting-to-recruit-in-the-Irish-Gaeltacht.html
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  15. The Wrong Guy Member

    Scientology in Ireland is nearly dead: Here’s how Tom Cruise & the gang plan to bring it back

    By Rod Keller, September 25, 2016

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    The Church of Scientology is preparing to open a National Affairs Office at 4 Merrion Square in Dublin, Ireland. The opening is currently scheduled for October 15.

    The green door in the photo above has been painted white during renovations. Photographer Killian Raynor has noticed “Masses of furniture have been moved into it for the past few months,” and posted the photos below to the blog Broadstreet.com.

    Merrion Square is bounded on three sides by Georgian red brick residences, and on the fourth by Leinster House, the seat of the Irish Parliament. All of the houses on the square are handsome and No. 4 is no exception, but it’s not really the house Scientology wanted.

    The house below with the black door is No. 69 Merrion Square, and Scientology’s first choice. In 1956, L. Ron Hubbard established offices there, promoting it as the H.A.S.U.K. Atomic Energy Healing Division Emergency Station. It was intended to provide a base for Scientology should the U.K. – and the main Scientology location at 37 Fitzroy Street in London – come under nuclear attack.

    Continued here:
    http://tonyortega.org/2016/09/25/sc...om-cruise-and-the-gang-plan-to-bring-it-back/
  16. i-Betty Member

    At 7am this morning John McGhee was outside Scientology's new National Affairs Office at 4 Merrion Square, Dublin to check on progress. While he was taking photos the door opened and a painter-decorator came outside for a chat, during which he told John that the new owners would be moving in on 1st October.

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  17. TorontosRoot Member

    Crash those stats! Office of National Affairs (ONA/OSA) didn't fool me!
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  18. Mayors ‘acted as stooges’ for Scientology.

    The bulk of the article is behind the most formidable pay-wall I have come across.

    Sunday Times: Mayors ‘acted as stooges’ for Scientologists

    http://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/mayors-acted-as-stooges-for-scientologists-lbsbzpvjg

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    Irish mayors have been criticised for appearing in publicity photographs for a Scientology-backed anti-drug campaign that toured the country.

    Publicity photos involving the officials were discovered on the social media pages of Scientologists last week by an American journalist who specialises in reports on the religious group. The pictures show Scientologists posing with the mayors of Limerick, Galway and Waterford in August. The politicians are all shown holding the Scientology-backed literature while wearing their chains of office.

    The Drug-Free World campaign has been described as a recruitment front for Scientology, the US-based church led by David Miscavige that includes several…

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  19. From John McGhee on Tony Ortega's blog.

    http://tonyortega.org/2016/10/09/exclusive-recent-deaths-of-scientology-rehab-staffers-points-to-ongoing-problem/#comment-2941092905

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  20. Church of Scientology National Affairs Office of Ireland was officially set up on Thursday the 13th of October 2016. Registration information:

    SoloCheck.ie - Church of Scientology National Affairs Office of Ireland

    http://www.solocheck.ie/Irish-Compa...ogy-National-Affairs-Office-Of-Ireland-591141

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    Church of Scientology National Affairs Office of Ireland

    Summary

    Church of Scientology National Affairs Office of Ireland was set up on Thursday the 13th of October 2016. Their current address is Dublin 2, and the company status is Normal. The company's current directors Natalie Emma Marks and Dany Gatzke have been the director of 0 other Irish companies between them. This Irish company shares its Eircode with at least 8 other companies.


    Company Vitals

    Company Name: Church of Scientology National Affairs Office of Ireland

    Time in Business: 2 Days

    Company Number: 591141

    Current Status: NORMAL

    Principal Activity: [9491] Activities of Religious Organisations

    Registered Address: 4 Merrion Square North, Dublin 2, D02 X443

    Directors

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    Dany Gatzke
    Yes
    DUBLIN 2
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    Natalie Emma Marks
    Yes
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    NEW! CERTIFICATE
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    13/10/2016 05/10/2016 € 5.00
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    http://www.solocheck.ie/Irish-Director/Gatzke/Dany/2429226010/

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    Dany Gatzke

    Vitals

    Age Range: 45 - 49 years of age

    Address: Dublin 2

    Directorships

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    591141

    Church of Scientology National Affairs Office of Ireland NORMAL

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    http://www.solocheck.ie/Irish-Director/Emma-Marks/Natalie/1234774744/

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    Natalie Emma Marks

    Vitals

    Age Range: 20 - 24 years of age

    Address: Dublin 2

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    Current Directorships (1)

    Company Number Company Name Company Status

    591141

    Church of Scientology National Affairs Office of Ireland

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  21. TorontosRoot Member

    It's time we give them truthful ratings.
  22. Official Ireland Companies Registration Office: Church of Scientology National Affairs Office of Ireland

    https://search.cro.ie/company/CompanyDetails.aspx?id=591141&type=C


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    Type CLG - Company Limited by Guarantee (licenced compa
    Number 591141
    Name CHURCH OF SCIENTOLOGY NATIONAL AFFAIRS OFFICE OF IRELAND
    Address 4 MERRION SQUARE NORTH
    DUBLIN 2
    D02X443

    Registered 13/10/2016
    Status Normal
    Effective Date 13/10/2016

    Last AR DateNot Available
    Next AR Date13/04/2017
    Last Accounts to DateNot Available

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    https://search.cro.ie/company/ListSubDocs.aspx?id=591141&type=C

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    Submissions
    - Company Number 591141
    4 submissions found
    Select the documents you wish to purchase and click "Add To Basket".
    The charge for a standard PDF and Tiff is EUR2.50. The charge for a signed PDF (Electronically Certified) is EUR12.

    Sub Num Doc Num Doc Type Status Received Date Effective/ Accounts To Date Scanned Pages Select PDF Select Tiff Select Signed PDF
    11227922
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    A1 APPLICATION TO REGISTER AS A NEW COMPANY REGISTERED 05/10/2016 13/10/2016
    Yes
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    11227922
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    G5 DECLARATION DISPENSE SUFFIX FROM COMPANY NAME REGISTERED 05/10/2016 13/10/2016
    Yes
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    G5 DECLARATION DISPENSE SUFFIX FROM COMPANY NAME REGISTERED 05/10/2016 13/10/2016
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  23. The Irish Times: What will Scientology’s new Dublin office do?

    http://www.irishtimes.com/news/soci...-scientology-s-new-dublin-office-do-1.2827288

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    The Church of Scientology opens a national affairs office at 4 Merrion Square today, making Dublin only the second city in the world, after Washington, DC, to have such a presence.

    The new office is said to house five permanent staff from the Sea Org, Scientology’s elite group, whose members sign billion-year contracts pledging future lifetimes to advancing their religion.

    There will also be five permanent members of the Office of Special Affairs, which manages several of the church’s front groups but is perhaps best known for managing its intelligence-gathering and lobbying operations.

    The Merrion Square premises was bought in June 2015 for a price believed to be close to €2 million. It will serve as “a PR base to host VIPs and government officials”, as Gerard Collins, an Irish Scientologist, announced on social media.

    The role of the national-affairs office in the US capital is to try to “create a positive narrative about Scientology and keep down the critics”, says Jon Atack of the Open Minds Foundation, a UK organisation.

    [SNIP]

    In Ireland the Church of Scientology is a registered company that has failed to obtain charitable or religious status.

    [SNIP]

    There are historical links between Scientology and Merrion Square. In 1956 Hubbard briefly installed what he called the Hasuk Atomic Energy Healing Division Emergency Station at number 69, to provide a base for his followers should the UK come under nuclear attack.

    The organisation’s return to the square six decades later has a different motive, according to Duignan. “This office will be building up the efforts to bolster Scientology’s position within Ireland. On the surface they will be cleaning up a park or a beach, some kind of PR activity, while making sure to get their picture taken with the mayor or councillor, photos that can be used for internal and external public relations.”

    In Duignan’s experience the office’s core activities tend to be less conspicuous. The procedure, he says, “is to hire private investigators and find out all about the political and social interests of a specific person, as well as their dirty little secrets, in order to compile a dossier on them. Their strategy from there is to reel that person in, little by little, by contributing a certain amount of money to his or her next campaign or by obliging to do favours for them.

    “Eventually they will come up with a proposal in return,. say to push to get Scientology recognised as a church in Ireland,” Duignan alleges.

    It remains to be seen how the Dublin office will work, but Atack agrees with Duignan about how the organisation typically operates. “They tend to sneak in. You first of all profile a politician, find out where they go and what their habits are. You put somebody next to someone in a position of power and sweet-talk them, all according to Hubbard policy.”

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  24. CarterUSP Member

    Desperate cult seems to be throwing a lot into this, trying to turn a PR flap into something positive.
    Since Ireland has the rare legal joy of forcing the scilons to have more transparent accounts, there is hard stats based evidence to the world that scientology is shrinking. Rather than let these facts contradict cob's babble there seems to be a sudden attempt to make Dublin seem like another straight up and vertical expansion. Throw some orges into the mix, do up some buildings, throw some 'social betterment campaigns' pics in the media, throw in some money from uplines to try and hide the accounts evidence... probably assign lower condition to the poor Dublin clams who got into this situation in the first place...
    How long before it flops again?
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  25. TorontosRoot Member

    A few months...
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  26. Quentinanon Member

    In Hubbard-speak, you call this a "garrison mission", which is a long-term operation in a particular area that is not succumbing to the cults usual measures and the chance that their office will get raided and shut down is low. I think that the main purpose of the national Irish office is to con politicians and "opinion leaders" into favouring charitable, religious status for the cult.

    "The Church of Scientology opens a national affairs office at 4 Merrion Square today, making Dublin only the second city in the world, after Washington, DC, to have such a presence. The new office is said to house five permanent staff from the Sea Org, Scientology’s elite group, whose members sign billion-year contracts pledging future lifetimes to advancing their religion. There will also be five permanent members of the Office of Special Affairs, which manages several of the church’s front groups but is perhaps best known for managing its intelligence-gathering and lobbying operations."

    Those five osabots would be:
    The Director of Special Affairs (local kingpin)
    The Deputy Director of Special Affairs (local kingpin's helper)
    The Public Relations Officer (purveyor of lies and misdirections)
    The "Investigation" Officer (collection of information on targets and employment of dirty tricks)
    The Legal Officer (initiator of lawsuits and handler of suits against the cult)

    It would be interesting to find out the names of these osabots and where they came from. OSA Int? OSA UK?
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  28. TorontosRoot Member

    Wouldn't be surprised if it were from the cult's home state.
  29. DeathHamster Member

    They should have to open the books on this office too, so we'll be able to see exactly how badly it's doing.
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  30. The Way to Happiness is "a secular branch of the church" of Scientology.

    The Irish Times: Inside the strange world of the Church of Scientology in Dublin

    http://www.irishtimes.com/news/irel...the-church-of-scientology-in-dublin-1.2831493

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    Chatting to someone whose business card described them as ‘The Way to Happiness Co-ordinator’, I was told about the plans for the new office. She explained that this would be a secular branch of the church, not trying to convert people but just helping with social issues. She particularly stressed that they would be fighting for our human rights, human rights we don’t even know we have. The room was very loud so I couldn’t get more detail on that.

    [SNIP]

    The Church has very clearly sized up Ireland’s problems and is keen to employ its methods to deal with them. What exactly that looks look like is less clear.

    Saturday’s events gave the impression that the Church of Scientology’s National Affairs Office is on a mission and nothing is going to get in its way.

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  31. TorontosRoot Member

    Oh but we will get in it's way!
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  32. Quentinanon Member

    Oh no it is not. The Way to Happiness was/is a auditing rundown delivered in scientology morgs. Such bullshit.

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  33. The Wrong Guy Member

    Mardi Gras with a sinister edge as Scientologists open new Dublin HQ | Sunday Independent

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    The question of how Scientology would transplant its cultish craziness into a leafy Dublin street was answered on Saturday afternoon as a small crowd of about 200 gathered to watch the ribbon cutting on the group's new national affairs office on Merrion Square.

    It was like a mini Mardi Gras with a sinister edge. A line of people waved Irish flags and sang as a small band played As The Saints Go Marching In. A cheer went up as party streamers ignited and the doors swung open to "the public" - which excluded any passers by or members of the press, who were strictly barred from entering (journalists are thought of as 'merchants of chaos' by the church).

    This was in keeping with the atmosphere of secrecy that pervaded the event. None of the gathered Scientologists would speak on the record about their new venture, which was attended by some bigwigs from the international church.

    Disappointingly, Scientology's best known adherents, Tom Cruise and John Travolta, were absent. Zabrina Collins, a prominent Irish Scientologist, and the daughter of wrongfully convicted Donegal publican, Frank Shortt, glowered at waiting press. Meanwhile, Pete Griffiths, a former church member against whom she took out an injunction, waited on the other side of the square. He later claimed that he had been followed and intimidated by members of the church.

    In America, the church (which is not registered here as a charity) has public streets shut down for grand openings, but since that isn't possible in central Dublin, they relied on heavy-handed security - one Scientologist told me I would "get myself in serious trouble" for standing on Merrion Square. As the mob spilled out onto the street and gardai arrived on the scene, a third Scientologist had a taxi hold up traffic on the square itself, causing a long, if brief, tailback. (I was later told she was merely "inquiring about a fare").

    There will be 12 full-time staff members at the new Dublin office, but a spokesman for the church refused to answer questions about how the roughly €2m purchase price of such a prestigious address - minutes from government buildings - was financed last year.

    <snipped>

    Whether Hubbard's adherents manage to find their footing in Dublin remains to be seen.

    http://www.independent.ie/irish-new...ientologists-open-new-dublin-hq-35133781.html
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  34. The Wrong Guy Member

    Ireland now has a Scientology National Affairs office, and not a clue why

    By Tony Ortega, October 16, 2016

    Quote:

    We want to thank Pete Griffiths and Andrea Garner for their dispatches from Dublin yesterday to keep us all informed about Scientology’s strange grand opening of its new national affairs office in Dublin. Pete and John Duignan really generated a lot of great press coverage going into this event, which then went off yesterday with the typical balloons-and-confetti nonsense, attended by a small crowd of onlookers.

    Of all the press reactions, we found today’s piece in the Irish Times most telling. Reporter Emer Sugrue said that she’d found herself invited to the event but not as a journalist. And that gave her perhaps greater access than she would have obtained otherwise.

    She noted how the staff of the new office, as well as the celebrants, all seemed to have come from other places, and the silly ceremony itself was distinctly American in flavor. But most of all, we appreciated her sense of wonder: Why does Ireland need such a thing?

    Chatting to someone whose business card described them as ‘The Way to Happiness Co-ordinator’, I was told about the plans for the new office. She explained that this would be a secular branch of the church, not trying to convert people but just helping with social issues. She particularly stressed that they would be fighting for our human rights, human rights we don’t even know we have.

    We’re glad the Times picked up on what a waste of expensive real estate this facility is. Scientology was practically dead in Ireland when church leader David Miscavige came up with the idea of opening this office. But keep in mind, if it seems futile for Scientology to pretend it can affect Ireland’s national affairs with five flown-in staff members in a building that will stand otherwise empty most of the time, the real purpose of this white elephant is the same as all the other empty buildings that Miscavige has been opening around the world in recent years. He does these things simply so he’ll have something to tell the big donors at the next big international event.

    In other words, it’s another empty public relations exercise. Jazzed up with the Jive Aces.

    Source:
    http://tonyortega.org/2016/10/16/ou...kicked-up-a-fuss-and-news-of-two-more-deaths/
  35. The Wrong Guy Member

    Here's the cult's latest press release:

    Church of Scientology Cuts a Ribbon on National Affairs Office in the Emerald Isle | Church of Scientology International Newsroom

    The new Church of Scientology National Affairs Office offers permanent delivery of Scientology-supported social betterment programs.

    Quote:

    Over the centuries the nation of Ireland has served as a fountainhead of culture, poetry and art for Western Civilization. At the heart of that cultural outpouring is the City of Dublin and within its urban core stands a place whose history-soaked streets present a striking representation of it all — the majestic Merrion Square.

    That legendary location was the site of a festive ribbon-cutting and open house event on Saturday, October 15, at Number 4 Merrion Square North. The landmark facility stands as the new home of the Church of Scientology National Affairs Office of Ireland and was officially opened by Church executives and staff.

    The new National Affairs Office is just blocks from some of Ireland’s most renowned national monuments that include the National Gallery, the National History Museum, Trinity College and Leinster House, seat of Parliament. A classic example of some of Dublin’s finest Georgian architecture, the historic building dates back to the 1760s — well before the birth of the American democracy, and before the great migration of Irish families to those western shores. Now, more than two centuries later, it has become home to the Church’s expanding mission within Ireland.

    “By opening the doors of the Church of Scientology National Affairs Office for Ireland, we are continuing in the tradition of our Founder L. Ron Hubbard who himself held an office at 69 Merrion Square,” said David Miscavige, Chairman of the Board of the Religious Technology Center and ecclesiastical leader of the Scientology religion. “And we do so with the intent to offer our humanitarian initiatives to all in honor of our Founder and the Aims of Scientology — a civilization without insanity, without criminals and without war, where the able can prosper and honest beings can have rights, and where man is free to rise to greater heights.”

    Continued here:
    https://scientologynewsroom.newswir...on-on-national-affairs-office-in-the-15455220
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  36. I disagree with Tony on this. As I've tried to document in other threads, one of the most effective things the Church of Scientology is doing right now is to use the U.S. Church of Scientology National Affairs Office to build relationships and alliances with churches, religions, and civil rights groups in the U.S. I'm sure the Ireland Church of Scientology National Affairs Office will do the same thing. The COS is nothing if not persistent, and it has now proved itself capable of playing the long game.
  37. I want to highlight this. Previous news reports stated the office would have only five staff members.
  38. Mike Rinder - An Epic Bust: Scientology Ireland

    http://www.mikerindersblog.org/an-epic-bust-scientology-ireland/

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    Big questions abound:

    1. Why if COB was right there in England didn’t he hop on Tom’s plane and jump over to Ireland for the ribbon yanking? So unlike him to miss a photo op like that. The timing was set up so that it would be convenient for him to do so. He used the announcement of the new facility as filler for the IAS event and then he could use the ribbon yanking at the New Year’s Event. Here are a couple of possible explanations.

    A. They could not guarantee he would be shielded from the media, protesters or the unwashed masses because the CICS’s failed to get the street closed off so they could erect lines of trees, shrubs and fences to protect him from interaction with the real world.

    B. They could only guarantee 75 attendees. Not even the best hype or photoshop could convert that into “hundreds” and “overwhelming support.” Counting the people in the photo makes 75 (including rubberneckers) a generous estimate.

    C. They could not persuade anyone of importance to speak at the ribbon cutting so the self-proclaimed pope of scientology would not lower himself to associating with riff-raff (and when Margaret McNair is front and center and her only claim to fame is that her husband used to be a member of the House of Lords, it is a sad day). You will note not a SINGLE “dignitary” is mentioned in the copy.

    2. Why no ideal ORG? Why no org at all in Ireland? How can you possibly justify spending millions on a “PR Office” when there is no scientology delivery facility in the country other than the insolvent, failing mission in Dublin? This is further proof that scientology today has absolutely nothing to do with delivering services or clearing the planet — it is ONLY about trying to gain positive PR and come up with ways to spend all the cash they collect for “humanitarian initiatives” on items that will stay on their books.

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  39. Scientology protester claims she was 'grabbed and dragged out of the crowd' at event.
    Independent IE: Scientology protester claims she was 'grabbed and dragged out of the crowd' at event

    http://www.independent.ie/irish-news/news/scientology-protester-claims-she-was-grabbed-and-dragged-out-of-the-crowd-at-event-35140437.html

    Video at link.

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    Scientology protester claims she was 'grabbed and dragged out of the crowd' at event

    Daire Courtney

    Published
    18/10/2016 | 15:18

    A protester at the Scientology National Affairs Office opening on Saturday says she was “grabbed and dragged out of the crowd” at the event.

    A video taken by Andrea Garner, an outspoken critic of Scientology, shows a man holding his flag in front of her camera. She can be heard in the video telling him to get his hands off her.

    “I was asked to move out of their camera frame, which was fine, but while I was moving he grabbed my arm and dragged me out of the crowd,” Garner told independent.ie.

    “I believe he was a member of staff told to hold his flag in front of my camera to block me from filming, and he eventually became frustrated and grabbed me,” she continued.

    Garner was not holding a sign or making any noise, but she said that she is known as a critic of scientology.

    [SNIP]

    Ms Garner, who is from the UK, said she has not reported the incident to gardaí.

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  40. TorontosRoot Member

    I wish she had of reported it to the gardai! The twit would've been charged for assault!

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