Exclusive: Inside Scientology’s Irish nerve centre

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It was founded in the 1950s by a science fiction novelist. It’s long been seen as one of the most controversial religions in the world. Now Scientology is moving into Ireland. Róisín Burke visited its Firhouse base

You couldn’t meet a nicer group of people,” Kieran O’Byrne insists. I’ve sought him out in exasperation. We have been working on a story that Narconon, a very controversial treatment linked to the Church of Scientology, is setting up a centre in the small village of Ballivor, Co Meath, from where it is offering its around €1,500-a-week psychiatry and medication-free treatment to drug addicts.

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