Ireland is taking a critical look at the Church of Scientology since the opening of the giant Scientology center opened in Firhouse in South Dublin. The Dublin location also acts as the European Headquarters of COS. As in many Scientology centers, cameras are not allowed inside, but despite the pall of mystery and controversy that surrounds the building and the organization it represents, Ireland's RTÉ Prime Time will be airing an investigation Tuesday night.
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One concern the investigation will delve into is why Scientology has invested millions of dollars into the Dublin location and whether Irish citizens should be concerned about the looming presence of COS in Dublin.
For many years Scientology struggled to find a foothold in the UK with no luck. For years. The courts at one point ruled Scientology's doctrine as "pernicious nonsense" but in 2013 after a 5-year legal battle
, a Scientologist couple won the right to be married in a Church of Scientology and ruled to be an official religion.
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That said, compared to the stronghold in certain parts of the US (primarily Clearwater, Florida and Hollywood) the UK is still resistant to COS.