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Scientology is staffing its Narconon in Ireland like it’s already won court approval

Scientology isn’t waiting for official approval before recruiting staff for the planned Narconon Ireland facility in Ballivor, County Meath. We last reported on the planned Narconon Ireland in 2018 as neighbors were organizing to oppose the facility. Scientology has a permit for converting the old primary school to a nursing home and hoped to open a 34 bed drug rehab facility under that permit.



Since then An Bord Pleanála, the national planning and appeals board, overturned the county’s decision to allow the facility. They wrote “The proposed use as a residential drug rehabilitation facility would be a factual change of use from use as a nursing home and such change of use would raise material planning considerations including different patterns of traffic, and pedestrian activity/movement, a different service to a different user group, including a population with a broader age profile and who are drug dependent and with limited interaction with the local community, and is, therefore a material change of use, and is development.”


[Narconon Ireland. (photos courtesy of Claire O’Mara)]

Scientology appealed the decision and the case goes before An Ard-Chúirt, the High Court on December 10th. In the meantime Scientology is finishing the construction work on the site. The building is furnished and almost ready to go. The addition of four wings to the original two at the top of this photo has more than doubled the available space. Still to be done is the window frosting needed because of the close proximity to a community garden.


Scientology is recruiting staff as if approval is a foregone conclusion. As usual for Narconon, only Scientologists need apply. Narconon is not an “off-shoot” of Scientology as some reports have described it; it is Scientology. The recruiters are on staff at the Dublin Ideal Org. It’s a draw for Narconon staff to be near an Ideal Org so they can be on the Bridge. But all this recruiting and construction could be for nothing if they lose in the High Court. The argument by An Bord Pleanála that the people served by a nursing home and a drug rehab are different seems persuasive and Scientology won’t be able to open without the court overturning their decision.

— Rod Keller

Thank you for that report on Scientology’s Narconon project in Ireland, Rod. Meanwhile, down the road in Dublin, the organization’s other big push is the Ideal Org there. A reader forwarded us this really interesting message that Scientology recently sent out, practically begging for people in the US to consider taking a staff job in Dublin.

Keep in mind, orgs everywhere are struggling, and staff member pay is tied directly to how much business is coming in. So to convince someone from overseas to come to Dublin, the writer here is doing their best to make it sound like Dublin itself is not on life support. This is fascinating stuff…




Its Strategic Org placed by the IAS for enacting long term international goals for Scientology. There was only a Mission with 4 staff before this.

The Org is run by 30 Sea Org execs under them there are 70 class V Staff. None of these staff moonlight so that’s why we need your help to keep this project viable.

We are building a ton of OL partnerships and doing a bunch of Community Events through our partners We have had over 60k public through our doors because of this new strategy. (One event had 7800!) While we are doing this, we are relying on public from abroad to help fill the Org internationally and keep the doors open.

The ratio of Flag trained Auditors and C/S here on both day and Foundation, which are run by the former Tech Sec of Saint Hill (ED) and the Solo Sup of Saint Hill (OES) are very high to the amount of PC’s. You will get 4 intensives+ a week from a specifically assigned auditor in your language and dialect (The only restriction is your sessionability). In a 10 day period recently we made 5 Clears.

An example of cases cracked include: a public who had gone to 7 orgs including 2 AOs in two years trying to get a Ned DRD cycle finished and handled. We cracked this and finished his cycle on this step in 1 week recently he went Clear here. Another Example is an Australian public with a Ruin on study and the 2D not handled for 30 years in Scientology. We again cracked this and fully handled it in a 10 day auditing cycle under our CS.

The HES is an HCO Int exec for 15 years. We were recently sent a parishioner by the Flag MAA because of our notoriety in cracking such issues. We got her through the entire cycle in 10 days. Now she is back in good standing and is doing major services for the first time in 10 years. She recently went Clear here!

On training, our public finish any course under GAT II tech estimate. One Public recently did Pro Tr’s through Class IV in less than 8 weeks. Another public did PTSSP in 17 days. The OES and our Academy Sups make this happen on every cycle.

90% of our SRD twinships are from abroad which are all on 60-70 hours per week. We have had public do there entire SRD in as few as 5 weeks

The Org has packages which include all logistics… Transport food Accomodation etc…

Financially the prices are 35% less than a US class V.

And what else does Dublin need? Customers! Check out this brochure that’s trying to get American Scientologists to fly over for the cheaper auditing prices and cheap hotel rooms…



An original Dianeticist takes her leave

Jana Moreillon introduced herself at HowdyCon in Los Angeles. We had been corresponding with her for years on email, so it was a real treat to finally meet her. Many of our readers who are former Scientologists knew her well.

We were knocked out when we finally got a chance to meet her and hear her honey-smooth Southern accent in person. Jana was an original Dianeticist. She said her involvement in Hubbardism actually predated the publication of ‘Dianetics’ in 1950, and she had been out of Scientology about as long as she had originally been in it, about 30 years either way.

She was out soon enough that she was featured as a source in the legendary 1990 series at the Los Angeles Times by Sappell and Welkos. (And she was disappointed that more recently we’d been criticizing the Times, but we had to explain that the paper has sadly given up its role of Scientology watchdog.)

Anyway, we talked to Jana about doing a more complete story of her entire life in and out of Scientology, and she seemed only mildly amused by it. We wish we’d pressed further. But we know that some of our readers can say more about her.

Jana had told us she was 90. Tory Christman announced that Jana did not survive a surgical procedure this week. We will miss having Jana as a valued reader and correspondent.



Scientology’s celebrities, ‘Ideal Orgs,’ and more!

[Catherine Bell, Chick Corea, and Nancy Cartwright]

We’ve been building landing pages about David Miscavige’s favorite playthings, including celebrities and ‘Ideal Orgs,’ and we’re hoping you’ll join in and help us gather as much information as we can about them. Head on over and help us with links and photos and comments.

Scientology’s celebrities, from A to Z! Find your favorite Hubbardite celeb at this index page — or suggest someone to add to the list!

Scientology’s ‘Ideal Orgs,’ from one end of the planet to the other! Help us build up pages about each these worldwide locations!

Scientology’s sneaky front groups, spreading the good news about L. Ron Hubbard while pretending to benefit society!

Scientology Lit: Books reviewed or excerpted in our weekly series. How many have you read?



[ONE year ago] From Jon Atack’s ‘Blue Sky’: Reorganizing Scientology as L. Ron Hubbard’s life waned
[TWO years ago] As he predicted, Pastor Willy Rice gets the Scientology ‘Fair Game’ treatment
[THREE years ago] New Scientology financial disclosures reflect the dire state of its chief drug rehab
[FOUR years ago] Google helps Scientology huckster Per Wickstrom bury a rehab patient death
[FIVE years ago] Scientology graduation videos from Copenhagen? Yes, please!
[SIX years ago] Sunday Funnies: A Scientology Advertising Bonanza!
[SEVEN years ago] Former President of Narconon Oklahoma Now Calls It “Watered-Down Version of Introductory Scientology”
[EIGHT years ago] Scientology Watching Hits the Beach!


Scientology disconnection, a reminder

Bernie Headley has not seen his daughter Stephanie in 5,542 days.
Valerie Haney has not seen her mother Lynne in 1,671 days.
Katrina Reyes has not seen her mother Yelena in 2,175 days
Sylvia Wagner DeWall has not seen her brother Randy in 1,695 days.
Brian Sheen has not seen his grandson Leo in 715 days.
Geoff Levin has not seen his son Collin and daughter Savannah in 606 days.
Christie Collbran has not seen her mother Liz King in 3,913 days.
Clarissa Adams has not seen her parents Walter and Irmin Huber in 1,781 days.
Carol Nyburg has not seen her daughter Nancy in 2,555 days.
Jamie Sorrentini Lugli has not seen her father Irving in 3,329 days.
Quailynn McDaniel has not seen her brother Sean in 2,675 days.
Dylan Gill has not seen his father Russell in 11,241 days.
Melissa Paris has not seen her father Jean-Francois in 7,160 days.
Valeska Paris has not seen her brother Raphael in 3,328 days.
Mirriam Francis has not seen her brother Ben in 2,909 days.
Claudio and Renata Lugli have not seen their son Flavio in 3,170 days.
Sara Goldberg has not seen her daughter Ashley in 2,209 days.
Lori Hodgson has not seen her son Jeremy and daughter Jessica in 1,921 days.
Marie Bilheimer has not seen her mother June in 1,447 days.
Joe Reaiche has not seen his daughter Alanna Masterson in 5,536 days
Derek Bloch has not seen his father Darren in 2,676 days.
Cindy Plahuta has not seen her daughter Kara in 2,996 days.
Roger Weller has not seen his daughter Alyssa in 7,852 days.
Claire Headley has not seen her mother Gen in 2,971 days.
Ramana Dienes-Browning has not seen her mother Jancis in 1,326 days.
Mike Rinder has not seen his son Benjamin and daughter Taryn in 5,629 days.
Brian Sheen has not seen his daughter Spring in 1,735 days.
Skip Young has not seen his daughters Megan and Alexis in 2,137 days.
Mary Kahn has not seen her son Sammy in 2,009 days.
Lois Reisdorf has not seen her son Craig in 1,592 days.
Phil and Willie Jones have not seen their son Mike and daughter Emily in 2,087 days.
Mary Jane Sterne has not seen her daughter Samantha in 2,341 days.
Kate Bornstein has not seen her daughter Jessica in 13,450 days.


Posted by Tony Ortega on August 18, 2019 at 07:00

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