CHURCH OF SCIENTOLOGY
NATIONAL AFFAIRS OFFICE
The Church of Scientology’s National Affairs Office of Ireland was modelled after the Church’s first National Affairs Office in Washington, D.C. Located at 4 Merrion Square, the historic building has been meticulously restored under historic preservation standards as the headquarters for the Church’s social betterment programmes in Ireland.
BUILDING A BETTER FUTURE FOR
Why are we here?
That is a question that has sparked spiritual and philosophical debate since mankind first began to contemplate the mysteries of our origins.
But for the Church of Scientology, and the establishment of our Dublin-based National Affairs Office of Ireland, the question of “why are we here?” can be answered with neither debate, nor mystery: It is to carry to Ireland the hope for a better world and for happier lives, and to share the practical solutions that turn those hopes into reality. These philosophies have been at the heart of the Church’s worldwide missions since it was established more than a half-century ago. The location of this architecturally historic and beautifully restored facility in Merrion Square reflects also the reverence and respect that Scientology Founder L. Ron Hubbard felt for both the Irish people and the magnificence of the Emerald Isle they call home.
Modelled after Scientology’s National Affairs Office of Washington, D.C.—which was established in 2012 to facilitate cooperation between American political and cultural leaders and the Church’s social and humanitarian missions—the facilities in Dublin are similarly designed as a centre for the Church’s outreach across Ireland. Through these offices, we assist in meeting both physical and spiritual needs, and in addressing social ills from drugs to poverty to homelessness.
Headquartered in America, the Church of Scientology has grown into a worldwide institution dedicated to engendering respect for human rights and creating a world free from war, crime, addiction and other social ills. To that end, on any given day, tens of thousands of Scientologists are working on every continent on Earth. Those who explore what Scientology offers in a troubled world find that these many missions are nurtured and enhanced through extensive partnerships with other faith-based and interfaith programmes, international humanitarian groups, schools, police, local government and civic organisations—all working together to support and uplift all communities while protecting religious and personal freedoms. The evidence of our success can be seen in the prolific expansion of the Church over the past few decades under the guidance and direction of our religion’s ecclesiastical leader, Mr. David Miscavige.
The Office of National Affairs of Ireland seeks to share with the Irish people both the work of the Church and its humanitarian ideals. From these offices in Merrion Square—near where L. Ron Hubbard lived and worked in 1956 to develop Scientology’s introductory outreach programmes—the Church will coordinate its many campaigns. They include efforts to battle drug addiction, improve scholastic performance and educational opportunities for children, reduce crime and prison recidivism, and to employ the tools, expertise and technology that the Church’s Volunteer Minister programme has developed through decades of disaster relief and community service—affecting millions of lives around the world.
CREATING A DRUG-FREE WORLD
As the Church of Scientology’s National Affairs Office of Ireland develops its campaigns to encourage compassionate solutions to issues facing humanity, there is no effort more important—or more challenging—than addressing the global epidemic of drug abuse. The scourge of drugs has devastated families in every culture of the world, leaving pain and suffering not only among millions of drug addicts, but among the hundreds of millions whose lives are adversely affected by the addictions of others.
MAKING HUMAN RIGHTS A GLOBAL REALITY
Life, liberty, security, freedom from slavery and servitude, freedom from torture and abuse, the right to equal treatment, to education, to citizenship and full participation in the cultural and political lives of nations, are just a few of the inalienable rights of mankind outlined in the United Nations' Universal Declaration of Human Rights.
CREATING A WORLD OF HONESTY, TRUST AND
Common sense is often undervalued in modern society, but it is from this most basic understanding of the world that L. Ron Hubbard, Scientology’s Founder, authored The Way to Happiness, as an educational work that provides anyone with an easy-to-follow “road map” for living.
SOMETHING CAN BE DONE ABOUT IT
In disaster zones around the world—from tsunamis, earthquakes, floods and fires—the yellow shirts and the yellow tents of Scientology’s Volunteer Ministers (VMs) have become iconic. At the site of the terrorist attack on the World Trade Center buildings in New York in 2001, Volunteer Ministers were an integral relief force on the ground working to support police and firefighters within hours after the buildings collapsed. Since then, VMs have served at every major disaster site worldwide. In Haiti, Volunteer Ministers helped transport earthquake victims to medical facilities. In Nepal, they built temporary shelters for those left without homes, comforted children who lost family members and ministered to those whose hope had evaporated.
SAVING LIVES THROUGH DRUG REHABILITATION AND PREVENTION
In the fight to prevent the spread of drug abuse through education and assistance to those at risk, the battle is sometimes lost, but the war against drug addiction goes on. One of the weapons in that war has been the establishment of Narconon, a Church-sponsored drug rehabilitation programme that helps addicts escape the dangerous cycles of drug abuse.
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GRAND OPENING EVENT
Church of Scientology Cuts a Ribbon on National Affairs Office in the Emerald Isle
NATIONAL AFFAIRS OFFICE, WASHINGTON, D.C.
Conceived to address challenging social issues confronting America, the National Affairs Office of Washington, D.C. was created by the Church of Scientology in 2012 and dedicated to the support of the Church’s humanitarian efforts.
It was the first and only National Affairs Office until the creation of the National Affairs Office of Ireland, which opened to the public in October 2016.
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