The controversial Church of Scientology has leased around two dozen staff houses and apartments at two locations in Dublin and Wicklow for church members, The Sunday Business Post has learned.
The church has leased properties from Brookman Town Homes in Donnybrook in Dublin, which lets out corporate and holiday apartments and houses at a Dublin 4 complex. according to a source who assisted with its plans.
At a holiday village location close to the Wicklow mountains, meanwhile. it has taken leases up until Christmas on around a dozen holiday and short let homes, with letting commitments amounting to more than 650,000. and accommodation with capacity for over 40 people.
Dozens of staff from overseas have arrived here in recent months.
The staff accommodation requirements are believed to relate to enhanced activity by the Church of Scientology in Ireland. including its acquisition of the Victory Centre, a large conference and events centre in Firhouse in Tallaght during the summer.
Acquired for €6 million, it is intended to be a hub for a major European mission for the church, which opened a new national office on Merrion Square in Dublin last year.
A website and Facebook page called Ideal Ireland Org, which gave dublinscientologymissions.org as its contact address, and detailed photos of overseas personnel arriving at staff accommodation in Dublin, but have now been taken down, having attracted media attention.
The church’s Foundation for a Drug Free World has been active at education events here to combat what it calls the “plague” of abuse of street and prescription drugs in Ireland. It also took stand space at an event for transition year students in Leopardstown in south Dublin during the summer.