Irish Independent: Revenues slump at the​ Church of Scientology

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

  1. New Church of Scientology National Affairs Office of Ireland has 5 Sea Org staff and 5 full-time but non SO OSA staff.

    With one exception, all of the stories I have read mentioned only the five Sea Org staff. The exception (excerpted above) said there would be a total of twelve staff. The Church of Scientology has officially opened a major office in Dublin

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    Scientology's Executive Director for Dublin Ger Collins previously said that there would be five Sea Org members posted and living in the office as well as 5 full-time but non SO OSA Office of Special Affairs staff.

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  2. TorontosRoot Member

    So the national office of special affairs has landed... only due time before it once again falls apart. Are they there to "handle" critics and ex-scientologists? Probably, and to smear their rubbish all over the place too.
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  4. The Wrong Guy Member

    Dublin Scientology front-group and usual subterfuge | Suppressio Hibernicis

    Scientology front-group, "The Way to Happiness", collect footage of themselves engaging in a municipal clean-up (of a few square metres), so as to deceive those reading their in-house publications into thinking the cult is making strides in the wider community; they're NOT!
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  6. The Wrong Guy Member

    Dublin's Sheriff Street and the Way to Happiness | pedrofcuk

    Scientologists try to clean up Dublin’s notorious Sheriff Street
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  7. The Wrong Guy Member

    Why is the Church of Scientology hounding Irish language speakers? | IrishCentral


    The Church of Scientology is once again hounding Irish speakers to assist in the translation of their educational material, contacting Irish teachers and groups in the US and Canada in the hopes of finding a translation team.

    An email from the Translations Unit of the Church of Scientology in Copenhagen, Denmark has been received by individual teachers, Irish staff at New York University, members of the Irish language book club in New York and by Irish teachers taking part in the Irish Canadian University Foundation (ICUF).

    “We are currently engaged in a translation project of large volume consisting of some 5.5 million words. The work includes books, lectures, courses, promotional material, humanitarian campaign brochures, and more,” the email reads.

    “We have gotten started with a number of very fine, qualified Irish (Gaelic) translators and the project is rolling ahead. I am looking for more translators to expand the team.”

    John Prendergast from Co. Kerry is currently teaching Irish in Nova Scotia as part of the ICUF Irish Language program, which each year appoints Irish teachers to partner universities in Canada to promote the language within the school and within the surrounding area.

    He had not heard of the previous efforts of the Church to translate their work into Irish until he received the call looking for translators. So he was surprised when he learned of the link to the controversial religion, questioning at first whether it could have been a joke.

    After some research, Prendergast decided the request was genuine and agreed to help with their translation work. He said he didn’t believe the translation project was a bad thing and that as part of a multicultural society, he felt he should have respect for as many beliefs and spiritualities as he could and, so, he did not criticize or refuse it.

    This is not the first attempt by the Church of Scientology to translate their material into Irish. In 2015 the Church’s founder L. Ron Hubbard's drug rehabilitation program Narconon was believed to be behind an attempt to contact Irish translators via the translation service called, acting under the guise of a charity organization.

    Once translators started on the work, however, they became suspicious over lines such as, “The drug scene is planetwide and swimming in blood and human misery … And children of drug-taking mothers are born as druggies.”

    After a translator working on the project posted this line into popular Irish language Facebook group “Gaeilge Amháin,” it was found to be was found to be the work of Narconon, a company that works to publicize Hubbard's opinions regarding the use of drugs.

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

    IrishCentral has contacted the Translations Unit of the Church of Scientology regarding the translating project and the number of Irish language translators who have signed up but have received no further information as of yet.


    Scientologists are looking for Irish speakers, and we're not sure why |


    The Church of Scientology is attempting to recruit Gaelgoirs in Canada.

    Oddly enough this isn't the first time the controversial church has looked to recruit heavily amongst the Irish. In August emails were sent to Irish staff working in universities across New York, Copenhagen and Denmark, the email was from the translations unit of the Church. It indicated that they were in the midst of a huge translation project consisting of 5.5 million words.

    They now seem to be expanding their attempts and they're reaching out to Irish teachers in Nova Scotia.

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  8. TorontosRoot Member

    They should be sent an e-mail and phone call blitz to educate them about scientology's abuses, fraud and deception, then they can back out of the translations.
  9. The Wrong Guy Member

    Irish people watch ‘Orientation’

    By Tony Ortega, February 26, 2017


    Pete Griffiths sent us this link, and we think we can now see why Ireland has been such a tough land for Scientology to plow.

    Also, it reminds us that Larry Anderson, who stars in the film, has been under the weather and is recovering and we wish him a speedy recovery.

    Irish People Watch Leaked Scientology Orientation Video | Facts.

    "This is like the worst acted porn"
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  10. peterstorm Member

    I bet they want the translation done for free.
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  11. No, this looks pretty legit.
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  12. TorontosRoot Member

    Hahhahahahahahaha last second edit by pencil. But they still want it free.
  13. The Wrong Guy Member

    Louise Doyle‏ @LouiseDoyleDN 4 hours ago
    Enjoyed doing this interview this week, fascinating: Church of Scientology looks to Donegal for translators

    Church of Scientology looks to Donegal for translators | Donegal News

    By Louise Doyle


    Irish language translators in Donegal are being sought by the Church of Scientology to translate their scripts, due to a surge in interest in the organisation.


    Graeme Wilson, a spokesperson for the Church of Scientology this week told the Donegal News the move to hire Irish speaking translators is being driven by an upsurge in demand.

    “There are several thousand people in Ireland who are either active scientologists or who have been helped by our ministry.

    “After we opened the National Affairs Office in Dublin, many more people in Dublin and generally in Ireland have become aware of and interested in what we do.”

    Mr Wilson dismissed suggestions the network is viewed by some as controversial and shrouded in secrecy.

    “Any misconceptions they (people) might have had routinely dissolve when they meet real Scientologists and see what we are doing to help others through drug education, human rights education, criminal rehabilitation, moral education and more.”


    Feedback on the project has been favourable, he added.

    “I wish more Churches would translate their materials in our language,” said one person, while another said: “I find this project interesting on many levels – in particular linguistically. Extremely interesting information.”

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  14. TorontosRoot Member

    Thousands of scientologists my ass!

  15. In your Ass ? you poor smuck, you need hours of auditing.
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  16. The Internet Member

    Non Scientologist translators should artfully insert hints that Scientology is a crock of shit into their translations.
  17. TorontosRoot Member

    I second this.
  18. The Wrong Guy Member

    Human rights — except for Pete Griffiths

    By Tony Ortega, April 9, 2017


    Pete Griffiths had it right there in writing: He’d been invited to a Youth for Human Rights International “World Tour Summit” in Dublin, which would feature presentations by Scientologist Ryan Ellory, Scientologist Mary Shuttleworth, Raheeb Mirza, Scientologist Niamh King Swords, Frank Allen, Glen Gannon, Bami Kuteyi, Ellie Kisyombe, and Elizabeth Sarumi.

    But when he got there, and mingled around looking at the literature on display, well, you can see for yourself what happened next.

    Ah, these Scientologists. Such spoilsports.

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  19. The Wrong Guy Member

    The Irish Church of Scientology returned to profit last year

    The directors have said they intend to increase current trading levels.


    The Irish Church of Scientology last year returned to profit as its directors state that they intend to increase current trading levels.

    New accounts show that the Church of Scientology Mission of Dublin Ltd recorded a profit of €48,803 and this followed the church firm recording a modest loss of €19 in 2015.

    The global church counts movie-stars, Tom Cruise and John Travolta as some of its best known members and the Irish church was previously bailed out to the tune of €326,875 when a loan provided to the Church of Scientology here was forgiven by Churches of Scientology overseas.


    The church’s accumulated loss from over the years at the end of April last stood at €152,716 and the church’s long standing deficit is understood to relate a long running High Court action from 2003 taken against the church by former member, Mary Johnston. The case was settled out of court on undisclosed terms after 31 days of evidence.

    In the 12 months to the end of April 30th last, the Church of Scientology Mission of Dublin Ltd revenues decreased by 7% going from €86,716 to €80,390.

    The revenues was made up of ‘Scientology and Dianetics Services’.

    The church’s revenues, however, remain a long way off from the revenues of €484,070 enjoyed in 2008.

    A note attached to the accounts states that there is no significant uncertainty as to whether the company will be able to discharge of its current liabilities as they fall due in the future and that it was appropriate to adopt the going concern basis of accounting.


    Auditors for the Church, Kilcoyne and Co Accountants state that “you consider that the Church of Scientology Mission of Dublin Ltd is exempt from the statutory audit requirement for the year”.

    They state that they have not been instructed to carry out an audit or a review of the financial statements of Church of Scientology Mission of Dublin Ltd.

    The auditors state: “For this reason, we have not verified the accuracy or completeness of the accounting records and explanations you have given us and we do not, therefore express any opinion on the statutory financial statements.”

    In the Church firm’s 2015 accounts, the same auditors had stated that was a material uncertainty related to events or conditions that may cast significant doubt on the entity’s ability to continue as a going concern and therefore, that it may be unable to realise its assets and discharge its liabilities in the normal course of business.

    The auditors pointed out that at the end of April 2015, the company’s current liabilities exceeded its total assets.

    At the end of April 2016, the company’s balance sheet had improved, but the church firm had a shareholders’ deficit stood of €124,285.

    The directors of the company are listed as the non-executive director of the Church of Scientology Mission of Dublin, Gerard Ryan and Siobhain Ryan.

    The Irish branch is part of a global movement established by deceased US author, L Ron Hubbard and the Church of Scientology states that its purpose is to transform individual lives and the world, postulating that every person is a Thetan – an immortal spiritual being that lives through countless lifetimes.

    Scientologists believes that Hubbard discovered the fundamental truths of existence and they revere him as ‘the source’ of the religion.

  20. DeathHamster Member

    It's a cooked book!
  21. The Wrong Guy Member

    Jedi Knights are new 'force' in Census as 50 religions are listed

    People who worship Satan, spaghetti and Star Wars are among the faithful living here today, according to the latest census figures.

    By Allison Bray, The Herald, Dublin, April 19, 2017


    Among more than 50 official religions listed in the 2016 census - including those who don't believe in any deity - is an assortment of unconventional religions, including the new category of Jedi Knight.

    Inspired by the Star Wars movie franchise, as "guardians of peace and justice in the Universe", 1,722 men and 328 women apparently believe the "force is with them".

    These so-called Jedists - who have suddenly appeared since the 2011 census - may have been inspired in part by the filming of the latest Star Wars instalment, The Last Jedi, on Skellig Michael in Co Kerry and parts of the Wild Atlantic Way last year.

    Officials from the CSO couldn't say whether their designation is meant to be taken seriously. However, any belief with more than 30 adherents is officially listed as a religion.


    There were also 59 male and 28 female members of the controversial Church of Scientology living here in 2016.

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  22. TorontosRoot Member

    So much for the hundreds of thousands of scientologists.
  23. The Wrong Guy Member

    This puff piece was published today:

    Church of Scientology cleaning up needles on Dublin's Sheriff Street


    Image: Church of Scientology National Affairs Office

    The church has said it was welcomed by locals when volunteers visited recently to plant flowers.

    By Michelle Hennessy,


    The Church of Scientology has been cleaning up and planting flowers around Dublin’s Sheriff Street.

    It is understood members of the church have made a number of visits to the inner city area, which hit the headlines last year after a number of gangland killings. In a report on one such visit, seen by, campaigns director for the church’s national affairs office, Jerry Alred said locals have welcomed them, coming out of their homes to watch them plant flowers.

    “Every week that we come to clean there are some older gentlemen standing in front of the church and they welcome us and smile. There are a lot of nice people in Sheriff Street. Sheriff Street itself looks a mess and needs another clean up.”

    He said groups from the church have been to the inner city street “at least six or seven days” and have removed “almost two hundred bags of rubbish easily” from the area.

    Alred told that volunteers had been “clearing up rubbish, picking up needles and planting some flowers”.

    He said Dublin City Council had provided planters for them to fill. The council said its central area office has liased with any residents or voluntary organisations willing to do cleanups of local areas.

    “Dublin City Council would provide litter picking tools, refuse sacks and planters/flowers at various locations across the central area if any interest was shown,” it said in a statement.

    “In April 2017 the City Council provided litter picking tools and planters/flowers to the Sheriff Street area following a request from a voluntary organisation (Foundation for a Drug Free World) in support of a local clean up.”

    Foundation for a Drug Free World is a division of the Church of Scientology.

    The church opened its national affairs office in Dublin last year at 4 Merrion Square. Its website says it is designed as a centre for the church’s outreach across Ireland.

    It was modelled after the office in Washington which it says was established to “facilitate cooperation between American political and cultural leaders and the church’s social and humanitarian missions”.

    The church’s registered company here, which has failed to gain religious or charitable status, recorded a profit of €48, 803 in Ireland last year.

    Its website says it coordinates a number of campaigns here, including efforts to battle drug addiction, improve scholastic performance and educational opportunities for children, and reduce crime and prison recidivism.

  24. TorontosRoot Member

    Puff pieces are useless outside of scientology
  25. The Wrong Guy Member

    Scientology Ireland to make contact with County Derry schools | Derry Now


    Letters advocating “study technology” based on the teachings of Scientology founder L. Ron Hubbard are to be sent to schools in Co Derry.

    Letters sent from Applied Scholastics, a company based at Scientology’s National Affairs Office in Dublin, have been posted online.

    The letters advocate the work of Scientology founder L. Ron Hubbard, saying that he “discovered that there are three main barriers to study” and that he developed Study Technology as a result.

    A spokesperson for Scientology Ireland told the Co Derry Post that letters are to be sent to schools across Ireland, including those in Co Derry.

    Letters are signed by Dany Gatzke, the co-ordinator for Applied Scholastics in Ireland, who says that he works with “parents, students and teachers addressing the missing step in education.”

    “My purpose is to help parents associations and homework clubs in cooperation with the class teachers to support the learning process with the use of Study Technology.”

    The Applied Scholastics website states that the company’s aim is to “create a world free from illiteracy” and operates more than 760 centres in over 70 countries.

    The website claims that their methods can have a profound effect on a student’s education and says that “the application of Study Technology has quite literally salvaged millions of lives.”

    “In Mexico City, Study Technology was introduced into a private high school in which one class had a 95 percent failure rate. After the students learned to use Study Technology, the same class achieved a 90 percent passing rate,” the site reads.

    “A study undertaken in England found that students improved their reading levels by 1.3 years after only ten hours of study using Mr. Hubbard’s educational methodology.”

    The website says that Applied Scholastics “is not part of the Church of Scientology or any other religious organization,” but adds that the Church have “supported Applied Scholastics in numerous ways through the years.”

    The Church of Scientology opened the National Affairs Office in Merrion Square, Dublin in October last year. The Church is believed to be expanding operations in Ireland, with the Dublin office also covering the north.

    The Irish Examiner reported in April that the Church recorded a profit of more than €48,000 last year, following a loss of €19 in 2015. The Church also plan to recruit Irish language speakers to help translate Scientology texts – containing millions of words – into Irish. They recently advertised the jobs in newspapers in the north, including The Irish News last Thursday.

    The controversial Church has been criticised widely by former members of the Church in a number of books and documentaries, most notably by Ron Miscavige, father of the Church's leader David Miscavige, actress Leah Remini and journalist Tony Ortega.

  26. TorontosRoot Member

    Applied scholastics is a front group.
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  29. Scientology flies translators to Denmark for as Gaeilge project.

    The Times (Irish Edition): Scientology flies translators to Denmark for as Gaeilge project

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    Scientologists are flying Irish translators to Copenhagen to convert its documents into Gaelic.

    Each person will be hired for the summer and will be paid €400 a week, with flights, accommodation and meals supplied.

    The group will be working at the Church of Scientology’s international translation unit on a three-acre campus in Glostrup, about 20 minutes from Copenhagen city centre.

    Several people wrote on social media that they had been contacted by the Scientologists as potential recruits. One Northern Ireland journalist said he was approached. A Dublin journalist said that her former colleague was asked to do voiceover work. Another person said that he could not discuss the details as he was considering the proposal.

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  30. TorontosRoot Member

    Boy are they desperate.
  31. Quentinanon Member

    "Each person will be hired for the summer and will be paid €400 a week, with flights, accommodation and meals supplied."

    Looks to me that the crime syndicate will only get some gullible students who will work for just the summer at €400 a week, accommodation and meals.
  32. TorontosRoot Member

    Less than €25/week.
  33. VIDEO AND ARTICLE: Church of Scientology may open 1,300-seater community centre in south Dublin.

    The Journal IE: Church of Scientology may open 1,300-seater community centre in south Dublin

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    Church of Scientology may open 1,300-seater community centre in south Dublin

    Local councillor believes an opportunity was missed to instead house a school on the site.

    THE CHURCH OF Scientology is expected to open a European base in south Dublin after spending money to refurbish a state-of-the-art community centre in Firhouse. has learned that the movement is investing here by buying fittings for the Victory Centre – a large community centre and church which was at one time owned by the Victory Christian Fellowship.

    The centre was passed to Nama a number of years ago and was sold to an undisclosed investor last year for a third of its original price. A document seen by this publication shows that the Church of Scientology in the United States has paid for equipment to be sent to the Church of Scientology International (CSI) – crucially its address is listed as being on the Firhouse Road, Dublin 24. The full address reads:

    CSI Ireland Community Center, Firhouse Road, Tymon South, Dublin 24.

    The company they have used to ship the supplies list the following achievements on their website: “Since inception, HPC has purchased over $150 million of furniture, fixtures and equipment for projects ranging from the 5-star Newstead Belmont Hills Golf Resort and Spa in Hamilton, Bermuda to developing a comprehensive program for the Church of Scientology’s 155 buildings on 6 continents.”

    Local Fine Gael councillor Brian Lawlor told that he has heard from a number of sources that the centre is to open. * * * *


    Sources have stressed that this does not mean that Scientology’s worldwide headquarters are being moved from LA to Firhouse. However, they did say that the group could use it as a European base. Last year, the centre sold for around €6 million, €12 million less than what it was valued at seven years ago. It also has a number of large meeting rooms and a designated place of worship which can hold over 1,200 people.

    The church’s registered company here, which does not have religious or charitable status, recorded a profit of €48,803 in Ireland last year. The land in Firhouse is zoned by the council to be used as a place of worship. This means the Church of Scientology would not have to register any other interest with the council before building commenced on the site last year.

    The land has not to be registered with the authorities and attempts to obtain information regarding the deeds proved unsuccessful. This week, we observed building work continuing on the site. Asked if they could comment on the new owners of the site, the builders said they could not. Sources have told this publication that the centre has the ability to host over 1,200 people for seminars and other church business.

    Invoice obtained by which shows the US Church of Scientology paying for fixtures.

    To view a higher-res image of this document, click here.

    Source: Facebook/Victory Centre

    Ongoing building works can be scene at the entrance to the centre.

    The group has been contacted by for comment but none has been provided. Councillor Brian Lawlor met with us outside the centre this week and said that he had made representations to the council over the site.

    He told “I know for definite that the Scientologists are coming into Firhouse. It’s very disappointing. Not because of who is moving in but it’s a missed opportunity for the community. It’s a remarkable site and it could have easily been transformed into a school.
    There is a large demand for a new school in this area. We made a number of representations to the Department of Education about this but were knocked back.

    “Now the Church of Scientology has it. I have to say it’s a bad move not to have taken advantage of the site. This is very short-sighted.”


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  34. More stories on: Church of Scientology may open 1,300-seater community centre in south Dublin

    Each story is base on story quoted above. One thing these new stories get consistently wrong is to say the Church of Scientology is going to, "open their European HQ in South Dublin" or open "their European base in South Dublin." It is clear these subsequent stores are, if not being sensationalistic, misinterpreting the significance of "CSI" on the leaked invoice. As noted in the original story quoted above, it appears the new building is going to be a Scientology Community Center. My guess is based on the model of the Church of Scientology Community Centers in Inglewood and Harlem.

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