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Wednesday 26 October 2016

Church of Scientology to open national affairs office in Merrion Square

Daire Courtney

Published 28/09/2016 | 17:10

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The Church of Scientology plans to open a National Affairs Office in a Merrion Square house next month.

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Scientology Dublin mission Executive Director Ger Collins announced in a Facebook post that there will be 10 full-time staff living in the premises.

This will be an addition to Ireland’s only current mission on Abbey Street.

In a statement to, Ex-Scientologists Ireland said: “The purpose is to promote Scientology’s 'fourth dynamic', or '4D' campaigns which purport to help mankind through drug education and promoting human rights, but have a secret purpose to recruit opinion leaders in the community as allies to help protect Scientology from attack, a policy known as 'safepointing.'

"The office hosts politicians, diplomats, activists, religious leaders and other opinion leaders.”

The office will be located at 4 Merrion Square and is currently scheduled to open on October 15.

It sold in July of last year for €400,000.

Scientology founder L. Ron Hubbard had previously purchased 69 Merrion Square for use as the ‘H.A.S.U.K. Atomic Energy Healing Division Emergency Station’ in 1956 as a base for bringing Scientology to Ireland and the UK, but it closed in 1958. reported this August that the Church of Scientology was recruiting Gaeilgeoirs to assist in translating Scientology materials into Irish.

Despite the fact that Scientology has yet to be recognised as a religion in Ireland, Irish blasphemy laws may block the release of Louis Theroux’s controversial new film on the subject.

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