We note a spokesperson for Victory Outreach claimed they have not been able to get their message over.
We published our first report here in Dialogue Ireland exactly one year and one week ago. We offered space for an unedited and uncensored reply to them.>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>
They have up till now not taken up this offer. It seems to be the mark of some groups that they use lawyers to stop the truth coming out, and when it does they say they were not given a right of reply. We can confirm that we have been concerned about VO and have received over the years at least 100 calls from distressed parents and family concerning this Church and its operations. Geographically it was in a Business Park on Dublin’s north side on Ossory Rd, North Strand. It seemed to be a totally inappropriate place to operate a rehabilitation Centre.
They have moved to Ballyfermot, and it would seem natural if they have nothing to hide for the media and for an independent* addictions expert to visit some of their centres. We received reports from those deeply involved that there are allegations of money laundering with funds gathered for charitable purposes finding their way to the USA. We have the testimony of a former member concerning these claims, which would need to be investigated by Revenue to be either corroborated or dismissed.
We stress the need for the charitable sector to be regulated but more importantly to put in place basic systems of governance. Ireland is a country with legal confetti flying out of the Dáil, but no one implementing it or taking it seriously. This sector has been ripe for harvest since the seventies, and the last coalition produced legislation on this in the 90’s and and in 2009 the situation moved forward but was not enacted.
It is clear that there is a need to move from just granting Charitable status for the furtherance of Religion and Education and the Relief of poverty to actually showing that one is actually achieving some benefit for society beyond enriching the charity itself.
This report from Australia is instructive:
One person who told us his story has given us permission to publish it in the event of something untoward happening to him. He was so afraid he was unable to deal with writing this on our site.
Last summer we received a report from a person in Cork who wished to be a source to bring these issues to the fore. Again after many attempts he went missing. He was so frightened he felt he could reveal what he had to tell us.
*Independent in that someone who shares a faith perspective but is not in competition. A centre in which also does this kind of work from an Evangelical perspective is Tiglin. They have been the subject of many reports and are an example to compare VO with.
or from a Catholic faith perspective:
The Cenacolo community:
It too has been the subject of a number of documentaries on RTE.
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