Is Matthew Lennon a healer or a cult leader?


Does he allow people to question his views? We actually published a special
document on the same day as the Sunday Times article came out. We addressed how people can recognise cult-like activity during the conditions prevailing during the Covid-19 pandemic.…/13/cult-vaccination/

It is the intention of Dialogue Ireland to call Matthew Lennon to discuss whether this healing is in fact a scam. We have received reports that there is no open dialogue and no contrary opinion allowed on his website. He has actively removed comments raising issues about his methodology and message. We want to offer any of those who feel they can’t get through to Matthew Lennon a safe to place to raise issues, leave comments anonymously and send us posts which we will publish while protecting again the identity of our posters. One of the things that happens is that often our post leads to demands for us to take it down or threats to take us to court? The way a group responds indicates the nature of their organisation.




A faith healer from Co Wicklow who has more than 30,000 Facebook followers is claiming to be able to treat Covid-19 patients. Last week Matthew Lennon from Dunlavin asked a Sunday Times reporter posing as a relative of a Covid-19 sufferer for a €100 “donation” in exchange for a video “healing” session.

Prior to the Covid-19 outbreak, Lennon had been asking for donations of €200 for a 30-minute private “healing” but switched to video calls during the pandemic.

On June 5, he posted that it was “great to see another patient we are treating leaving ICU and on the road to recovery”. He claimed the young man “was given no hope and less than 12 hours to live”. The message was accompanied by the hashtags #covid, #lungs, #virus, #incurable, and #miracle. Lennon also included a screenshot of a message from the man’s family thanking him for his help.

On May 22, he posted another message from a woman whose husband had purportedly been on a ventilator for four weeks. “Can’t believe his improvement since you started to work with him,” her message said. “He is now out of intensive care.”

On May 7, another woman who Lennon claimed to have “treated” was also said to have been taken off her ventilator.

Asked how he healed Covid-19 patients, Lennon said he had “a rare and unique gift of healing, which I have used to help people all over the world”. He said this gift, which involves using herbs and praying, “goes back to BC”.

Elsewhere on his Facebook page, he claims his gift has “no boundaries and no limitations”, and that “space, time and distance are no obstacle”. In relation to Covid-19, he said he had never advertised this “specific service”.

“I wish to make it clear that at no time have I ever advised clients to rely solely on any service that I might provide and, in fact, if a client consults with me concerning any medical condition, I immediately refer them to their doctor for medical treatment and rigorously deny that I provide alternative service to medical treatment,” he said.

Lennon insisted all the examples on his Facebook page were real testimonials from real people. “They have not been altered in any way,” he claimed.

The Sunday Times has learnt that one client of Lennon’s has donated €6,000 to him for dozens of healing sessions unrelated to Covid-19 over the past year.

Lennon has defended asking for money in exchange for his gift, saying “old Irish healers” had always been supported by their communities and that others with “gifts from God”, such as musicians or artists, do not give them away for free.

He will hold his first “healing” sessions in person in the Tullamore Court hotel in the coming weeks, according to his Facebook page.

Louise O’Reilly, Sinn Fein’s health spokeswoman, questioned how Lennon was able to treat Covid-19 when there was “not yet a known cure”, despite the “greatest scientific and medical experts” working on one around the clock.

“I have seen first-hand the toll this virus takes on individuals, and their families too,” she said.

David Robert Grimes, a physicist and science writer, said there were currently no consequences for making these type of claims.

“That’s why we need the next government to reinstate the Treatment of Cancer Advertising Bill and eventually expand it beyond cancer,” he said.



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