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More than 1,000 Scientologists attended the opening of a new Church of Scientology Centre in Dublin this afternoon.
Members travelled from Germany, the UK, Switzerland and the United States for the event.
The footpath, cycle lane and bus stop in front of the building on the Firhouse Road were closed for security reasons.
There was a small protest held outside the centre. One man who got past the front gate was arrested for trespass.
The leader of the Church of Scientology, David Miscavige, cut the ribbon at the Centre at 3pm.
87 Irish residents identified themselves as Scientologists in the Census last year.
Dozens of protesters are gathering outside a massive new Scientology centre in Dublin.
The leader of the secretive religion David Miscavige is expected to attend the grand opening of the facility in Firhouse.
Hundreds of Scientologists from across Europe and around the world have been flown in to attend the event.
However, locals and protesters have expressed “serious concerns” amid allegations of “cultish” activities.
Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin described Scientology as a cult at his party Ard Fheis in the RDS.
He said he does not want to see Scientology’s European base established here but does not think banning them is the best strategy.
“These types of cults can be very damaging to people, particularly to young people. The best way forward needs to be examined, it may not be legislated. I think ultimately in situations like this it is about education,” he said.
Scientology’s website denies it is a cult.
“[Scientology] is a religion in the fullest sense of the word.“Cult” is usually meant in a disparaging sense to imply a secret or closed group with limited membership and mysterious beliefs,” the website reads.
Residents in Firhouse say they don’t know what the new building will be used for.
Protesters are gathering outside The Church of Scientology’s massive new centre in Dublin today.
The leader of the secretive religion – David Miscavige – is expected to attend the opening ceremony at the centre in Firhouse – which can seat over a thousand people.
Demonstrators from Ireland and abroad have been arriving outside – many of them former members of the church which they say is a ‘cult’.
Protests are due to take place in Dublin today as former Victory Outreach building is unveiled as the new European hub for Scientology.
According to a number of reports, the building in Firhouse was purchased by the organisation for €6 million, and is set to be used as a headquarters for members to meet and study the religion’s teachings.
Currently, the organisation boasts two small hubs in the Irish capital, but its latest purchase allows for a much larger crowd capacity.
With the public anticipating the arrival of Scientology leader, David Miscavige, ex-members are reportedly planning to gather at the organisation’s new location to protest.
It is understood that current Scientology members have been making an effort to ingratiate themselves into the community while former members are distributing literature in the same area which highlights their grievances with the teachings of the ‘church’.
While the recent census suggests that Scientologists in Ireland number less than 100, reports claim that the organisation intends to welcome hundreds of new recruits in the coming weeks.
The protest is set to begin at 2.30 this afternoon.