Some recent media from Ireland. Still reaping the rewards of making up stories to tell the faithful about how wonderful things are “over there” (everywhere except where you are)….
I bet Dear Leader just loves having his photo in articles like this all over the world. And particularly enjoys being identified as worldwide leader of a cult. Not exactly the positioning he is shooting for. He’s got “Pope” in HIS mind, not David Koresh.
Perhaps you should stop telling lies Dave? Nobody is going to bother with stories like this if you don’t give them something to write about.
If you have difficulty reading this, one of our Irish correspondents was so kind as to retype it:
The Scientologists in Dublin got a strong pat on the back earlier this year when the leader of the worldwide cult singled the Irish mission out for particular praise. However, all is not well this side of the Atlantic and the sheriff looked to be heading to Middle Abbey Street at one stage.
Speaking in a New Year’s message to Scientologists at a large conference in Florida, David Miscavige said that the Irish mission was carrying out excellent work. He listed the services provided at the Scientologists’ HQ on Dublin’s Middle Abbey Street, such as ‘Life Improvement’ and ‘Personal Efficiency’. A video clip of an interview with a Scientologist on the Ocean FM radio station in Sligo was also shown in Florida, although the station management subsequently issued a statement on their website stating that the station shown was not theirs and that the ‘presenter’ shown conducting the interview ‘is not known to anyone at Ocean’.
Miscavige attributed quite remarkable achievements to the Dublin operation, claiming that the mission had ‘accomplished an 85% drop in drug-related crime’ before quoting an unnamed county councillor who apparently said: ‘You set a shining example. You have effective solutions and are dedicated to improving the lives of others.’
Maybe the directors of the Dublin mission – who include Gerard and Siobhan Ryan – have been paying too much attention to improving the lives of others and overlooked some pressing matters. Last month, an execution order was issued to the Dublin City Sheriff by the Circuit Court on foot of a judgment awarded to the landlords of 64 Middle Abbey Street – DMZ Properties Ltd. The judgment was obtained in default of any appearance from the cash-strapped Church of Scientology Dublin Mission Ltd (CSDM) and was for just under €12,000. The execution order means the sheriff could seize goods and equipment from the offices to the value of €12,000, although this setback looks unlikely to get a mention in Miscavige’s next motivational speech to the faithful. The good news is that the Scientologists told Goldhawk that the matter has just been ‘amicably resolved’.
The last accounts for CSDM only cover the year to April 2010 and show accumulated losses of €690,000. Someone who may be interested in the judgment will be Kevin Stevenson, who is currently suing the Scientologists here for €100,000, alleging fraud, misrepresentation, undue influence and infliction of emotional suffering.