Church of Scientology Arrives in Dublin
By Olivia O’Mahony, Editorial Assistant
December / January 2017
A new Church of Scientology National Affairs Office has made its home in Merrion Square, Dublin, and will be used to deliver Scientology-supported social programs in Ireland, such as rights awareness campaigns, educational courses, and resources for recovering drug addicts.
“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,” David Miscavige, Chairman of the Board of the Religious Technology Center and ecclesiastical leader of the Scientology religion told Joe.ie.
The religious movement was founded in 1954 by L. Ron Hubbard, an American science fiction and fantasy author. Since its inception, Scientology has been accused of medical malpractise, immoral treatment of members, and infringement of copyright laws among other criticisms, and is not officially recognized as a religion in many countries.
The church has recently been linked to controversy in Ireland due to rumors of a ban on the Irish release of Louis Theroux’s 2015 My Scientology Movie, with the director questioning whether blasphemous investigatory content would prevent it from reaching Irish theaters.