Why are Scientologists setting up a European hub in Ireland?
Centre opening in country with only 87 Church of Scientology members
David Miscavige, who heads the Church of Scientology, is expected to be in Dublin on Saturday to open the organisation’s new premises. Photograph: AFP/Getty Images
One year after launching a “National Affairs Office” on Merrion Square, the Church of Scientology is opening an “Ideal Org”, not dissimilar to a mother church, in the Dublin suburb of Firhouse.
The organisation is turning Ireland into a European hub, and a former high-ranking member believes that Scientology’s operations here might gain even more significance as pressure mounts in the United States.