Liam Fay gives a very objective assaessment of the Narconon cure.

Scientology drug addiction ‘cure’ is wishful thinking

Dialogue Ireland: ~ “This is not a secular programme as claimed by the Scientologists but another form of their ideological brainwashing techniques.”

The benefits of science and medicine are obvious, but half-truths are still flourishing


“The lure of the quick fix is the essence of drug addiction. Instant gratification and speedy release from the rigours of grey, sober reality are central to the thrill of getting high. It’s hardly surprising, therefore, that many substance abusers who want to kick their habits are particularly susceptible to the myth of the miracle cure, the easy way out.

Narconon, a “drug detox programme” linked to the Church of Scientology, appears to offer the rehab equivalent of a quick fix. Sauna sessions and vitamin pills are key features of a promised shortcut to recovery that sounds remarkably stress-free and painless. Advocates for the programme claim that it has a success rate of 75 per cent, almost 50 per cent greater than conventional rehab options.

When a commercial proposition seems too good to be true it usually is. There is no verifiable evidence that the Narconon programme is an effective treatment for drug addicts but there is considerable evidence to suggest that some of the techniques involved are dangerous.

Scientology and its self-styled role as a healthcare provider are in the news because of mounting protests among residents of Ballivor, Co Meath, over plans to open a Narconon centre in the village. A redeveloped building, on the site of an old national school, was purchased by the Narconon Trust last year. The rehab facility is scheduled to open in May.

Locals are understandably alarmed by the prospect of a Scientology-linked operation setting up shop in their midst. Ballivor has a population of about 1,700. Scientology is a wealthy, powerful and, to put it mildly, controversial organisation.

The Church of Scientology was founded in the 1950s by L Ron Hubbard, a Nebraskan pulp-fiction writer who regarded himself as a scientific pioneer. All religions make supernatural claims, most of which are self-evidently absurd, and there is a distinct whiff of hypocrisy about much of the derision aimed at Hubbard’s teachings by adherents to other faiths. Nevertheless, there’s no denying that the so-called “cosmology” of Scientology was heavily influenced by its founder’s infatuation with cornball sci-fi.

Hubbard taught his followers that humans contain “a thetan” — an immortal being from a distant planet. After creating the universe, thetans accidentally became trapped in earthbound physical bodies. Thankfully, through a series of “audits” and other services available from Scientology Inc, we can restore the eternal, omnipotent powers of the thetan within. All you have to do is pay through the nose, and keep paying. Scientology presents itself as a technology for living, a step-by-step scientific process that will help you overcome your limitations and realise your potential for greatness.

The methods deployed by Narconon are based on the Purification Rundown (also known as Purif), a programme invented by Hubbard to eliminate body toxins that form “a biochemical barrier to spiritual wellbeing”. Its techniques include sweating in a sauna for up to eight hours a day, an intensive exercise regime and the ingestion of enormous quantities of vitamin supplements for several weeks.

The megadoses of vitamins, especially niacin, are the programme’s most contentious feature. In large quantities, niacin can cause liver damage but it will also stimulate the skin to flush and create a tingling sensation. Scientologists say these symptoms are evidence of toxins being purged from the body.

The programme is big business. Based in Hollywood, Narconon operates several dozen residential centres, chiefly in the US. There are, as yet, no indications of a price list for a stay at the Ballivor facility but we know it won’t be cheap. In the US the Purif programme costs more than $5,000 and Narconon treatment costs considerably more.

One of the chief sources of anger among the inhabitants of Ballivor and its environs is the lack of public consultation. Locals say they knew nothing about plans to turn the former school into a Narconon outlet until October when word leaked out about the identity of the new owners.

There is also widespread dismay at the discovery that Ireland has no legislation governing the regulation of private addiction treatment centres. The Department of Health says that the Narconon programme has “limited or no basis” in the science of human physiology. Yet like any other enterprise of its kind the Ballivor centre will be free to operate without supervision from the authorities.

Protesters in Ballivor have pledged to step up their campaign in the coming weeks. However, there are wider issues here for the rest of us. The proposed Narconon facility in the Meath village is just the latest development in what appears to be a significant expansion by the Irish branch of Scientology.

Last year, the organisation opened a plush new facility at Firhouse, southwest Dublin, which includes a 1,100-seat auditorium. In 2016 it established a “national affairs office” at Merrion Square in the city centre, the first such office outside the US.

Scientology bosses are clearly convinced that there is a growing market in this country for their doctrines and the therapies that come with them. It’s an assessment that seems well-founded.

We are living in strange times. This is an era in which the benefits of mainstream science and medicine have never been more obvious. Yet it’s also an era of growing resistance to scientific principles and disdain for scientists. The blurring of the distinction between news and conspiracy theory, fact and assertion, has fostered an environment in which all manner of charlatanism, half-truths and bogus science can flourish as never before.

We might like to think we live in a rational age. In truth, however, the myth of the miracle cure still endures.”

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Councillors to challenge Ballivor Narconon/ Scientology Organisation planning declaration.

Councillors to challenge Ballivor planning declaration

Story by Noelle Finegan

Friday, 19th January, 2018

Councillors to challenge Ballivor planning declaration

                                          Protestors outside the council offices in Trim today

Trim councillors are to challenge Meath County Council’s declaration that the development of a drug rehabilitation centre on the former national school site in Ballivor would not need a new planning permission.

At a Trim Municipal District meeting today, councillors collectively agreed to make a what is known as a section five reference regarding the council’s opinion that a change of use was not required by the Narconon Trust for the development of a drug rehab centre. The existing planning permission for a nursing home on the site was granted in 2014.

Director of Services Des Foley said it was open to councillors or any group or individual to make a section five reference to dispute this opinion and at the meeting councillors agreed to do this. He said Bord Pleanala are the final arbitrators on whether planning permission is needed or not.

Standing orders were suspended at the meeting to discuss the controversial plans by the Narconon Trust, which is linked to Church of Scientology,  and questions were raised about why the declaration was not on the planning file and why it only emerged this week that the council had made the declaration in October 2016.

Cllr Noel French expressed his outrage that councillors had stood up at a public meeting and said the council knew nothing about Narconon or Scientology in relation to the site in December and asked why it had taken so long to find this information out.

“It is a kick in the teeth for the people of Ballivor and a kick on the head for the councillors,” he said.

“We the group Ballivor Says No, had hoped to challenge a change of use for the building, but this revelation removes that opportunity.”

Cllr French they had been left with “egg on their face” and that the council should apologise.

Cllr Caroline Lynch said they had a duty of care to vulnerable people with addictions to not let them be exploited, and said it was “scandalous” that there are no national standards or regulations in relation to addiction. She argued that medical addiction services is a material change in planning from a nursing home.

Cllr Trevor Golden said as councillors they should look at putting forward a motion to change the zoning and put in a framework plan to decide what is appropriate for the site.

Cllr Enda Flynn said it was difficult to understand how a group can look after people with addictions without being monitored when there are such stringent regulations for other bodies.

Cllr Joe Fox said they were where they were regarding planning and needed to move forward and they could do so by invoking section five and challenging the council’s opinion to an Bord Pleanala.

Director of Services Des Foley told the meeting that Narconon did not make an application for planning permission and the planning permission on the site is for a nursing home which was granted in December 2014. He said since planning was granted, the council had received a request from the Narconon Trust to make a declaration and give an opinion on whether or not a new planning permission was needed and based on the information received, it responded that in its opinion, the change of use as described didn’t require further planning permission.

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Senior members of Church of Scientology move into Co Kildare country home

Sect’s drug rehab spin out Narconon setting up 15 – bed centre in nearby Ballivor, Co Meath

SBP Senior members

BY BARRY, WHYTE AND ROISIN BURKE Sunday Business Post Sunday January 7th 2018

In he tiny village of Robertstown in Co Kildare population 669 is where the most senior figures in lrish Scientology are based according to company filings. Documents for the company behind the Scientologists’ enormous and expensive new community centre in Firhouse show that three of the four directors appointed in the last two weeks are living in a modern ten bedroom house called Mylerstown House in Robertstown. Continue reading

The Scientology Organisation, (S.O.) is using a PR company called ccipr here in Ireland

Scientology PR CCIPR

The Scientology Organisation generally runs its own semi military intelligence /PR Department called OSA. This is the Office of Special Affairs. It is strange but not surprising as Scientology is run more as an intelligence agency rather than a church.
We have already received news that this PR company is already very active in getting Scientology a better name in this State. Because the Scientologists are obsessed in being described as a church I am sure that will be one of their goals here to be recognised as such.


Their presence in Merrion Square shows that they are pointed towards trying to influence government. Also the drugs issue is extremely important and the news that they have already spoken with a Fine Gael backbencher Colm Brophy.
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How Scientology is trying to insert itself into Irish schools

Scientology: the church’s community centre in Firhouse in Dublin. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Scientology: the church’s community centre in Firhouse in Dublin. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

The controversial church is giving out teaching materials that hide its involvement

December 16, 2017

Irish Times

Conor Gallagher

When the neat white package arrived at Rosmini Community School, in Drumcondra, three months ago, Chris Gueret was impressed. Inside it the religious-studies teacher found a complete curriculum on how to teach human rights to students, alongside posters, leaflets and a well-produced DVD entitled The Story of Human Rights. Continue reading

Scientologists meet with Fine Gael TD Colm Brophy in Leinster House

Mr Brophy said he met representatives in September in his role as a public representative and talked with them “for around ten minutes” in the coffee dock area of Leinster House.

A question for Mr Brophy? Would he suggest a committee where members might be able to obtain accurate information about the strategies the Scientology Organisation is using in regard to their presence in Ireland?

He added he would also talk to many people opposed to Scientology coming into Dublin.

This is a rather strange response to having met the Scientologists,  “coming into Dublin.” Why would he not obtain expert opinion about them seeing he met them in September? I am not aware of anyone including our organisation having heard from him. Seeing they have spent up to €22 million in the State surely this demands scrutiny to protect our democracy? Also the arrival of Narconon. Below we have the photographic evidence of the Irish politicians who met them but seemed unsure why?

The controversial church, which many view as a cult, had a delegation hosted by a Government politician

By Ferghal Blane15 DEC 2017

Leinster House with its front door closed due to renovations on Kildare Street, Dublin (Image: Gareth Chaney Collins)

Scientologists have been stalking the corridors of power in Leinster House where they had a meeting with a TD.

The Irish Mirror can exclusively reveal the controversial Church of Scientology, which many view as a cult, was invited into Leinster House by Fine Gael’s Colm Brophy. Continue reading

Cathy Schenkelberg speaks out about the Scientology Organisation in Ireland on Liveline. It is not a Christmas present but ‘bait and switch’….infiltration


Listen to the contribution here:

Liveline Callback JD


Cathy Schenkelberg spells out the game plan in Ireland. She should know she was in it. Continue reading

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