Narconon, a drug rehabilitation centre run by a controversial church, has been given the go-ahead to open in Ballivor, where locals are worried what it might mean for them

Speak­ing out: Loc­als Alan Bris­lin and Claire O’Mara out­side the new Nar­conon facil­ity
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Scientologists get go-ahead for drug treatment centre

Narconon Trust, a branch of the ‘Church of Selentology, last week got the go-ahead to pen drug rehab centre in the small Meath village of Ballivor The Court of Appeal upheld a decision of the High Court that An Bord Pleandla was incorrect in decding the centre requires planning permission.

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lrish operation owes €1m after Covid hit turnover


The Church of Scientology’s main Irish operation continues to repay loans of more than €1m to affiliate organizations overseas.

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JAPA: Buyer beware. Another con seminar. The only way is down… right down



Meath Scientology drug rehab centre set to open early next year following court ruling

The controversial facility has had its planning permission upheld by the Court of Appeal, overturning An Bord Pleanála’s 2018 decision

Narconon Trust bought the building, which had existing planning permission for a nursing home in 2016, after it had confirmed with Meath County Council’s planners that it did not require “change of use” planning to develop a drug addiction treatment centre there instead
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Society of St Pius X


I am a former member of the laity who attended Masses offered by the breakaway Catholic group, the Society of St Pius X (SSPX). This group has been established in Ireland since the 1980s. My family started attending their chapels when I was a child. I left the Society many years ago and now I look back and believe that this group is a cult or has cultic tendencies. My understanding of a cult or high demand group is that it is not defined by belief but by behaviour, that behaviour being undue influence and control over other people’s lives. It is possible that the Society of St Pius X was initially set up with good intentions but quickly became a high demand group with cultic characteristics. I wish to highlight what attracts well-meaning Catholics to this group and the control that is then exercised over many aspects of their lives. I also wish to highlight the need for a greater understanding of cultic issues and groups in Ireland by the Irish Government. There is a great need for a State funded body to provide support and advice to cult survivors, to investigate high demand cultic groups, to provide education about this topic to the general public. The Government has done great work in passing legislation making coercive control in personal relationships a crime that can be tried in court. Coercive control exercised by cultic groups must also be addressed.

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