The new Church of Scientology National Affairs Office of Ireland opened its doors October 15 to offer permanent delivery of Scientology-supported social betterment programs in the country.
The facility is located just blocks from some of Dublin’s most renowned national monuments including the National Gallery, National History Museum, Trinity College and Leinster House, the seat of the Oireachtas, the legislature of Ireland.
A classic example of Dublin’s finest Georgian architecture, the historic building dates to the 1760s. Officially opened by Church executives and staff, it now serves as home to the Church’s expanding mission within Ireland.
“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,” said Mr. David Miscavige, Chairman of the Board Religious Technology Center and ecclesiastical leader of the Scientology religion. “And we do so with the intent to offer our humanitarian initiatives to all in honor of our Founder and the Aims of Scientology—a civilization without insanity, without criminals and without war, where the able can prosper and honest beings can have rights, and where Man is free to rise to greater heights.”
The care with which the beautiful facility was restored reflects the reverence and respect that Mr. Hubbard felt for Ireland and the Irish people. When he first arrived in Dublin in February 1956 to create the American College of Personnel Efficiency—a model for the first introductory course in Scientology—he observed, “If the weather is cold, the Irish heart is warm.”
The new National Affairs Office is devoted to Ireland in carrying the hope for a better world, for happier lives, and in sharing the practical solutions that turn those hopes into reality. These philosophies have been at the heart of the Church’s worldwide social missions since it was established more than a half century ago.
Modeled after the Scientology National Affairs Office in Washington, D.C, the Dublin office is designed as a center for the Church’s outreach across Ireland, to assist in meeting both physical and spiritual needs, and to address social ills including drugs, poverty and homelessness.