South Dublin community disappointed after Scientologists snap up church

The Church of Scientology building in Los Angeles (Stock picture)

Alan O'Keeffe

The reported sale of a former church building in Dublin to the controversial Church of Scientology has been greeted with disappointment by members of the local community.

The former Victory Christian Fellowship had operated the large modern building for worship on Firhouse Road in Tymon South, Dublin 24.

But it is believed to have been bought by the Scientologist organisation.

Fine Gael Councillor Brian Lawlor said it was considered as a possible educational institution by the Department of Education but it failed to purchase the 1,200-seat venue.

He indicated local people were disappointed it was a missed opportunity to provide a local educational centre.