‘Church of Scientology fully committed to Ireland’

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Inishowen member of controversial church says latest investment is ‘very welcome’

An Inishowen Scientologist says the controversial Church of Scientology is “fully committed” to helping Irish people by tackling poverty, homelessness and drug abuse.

Zabrina Collins [nee Shortt] was speaking to the Inishowen Independent following the opening of a new multi-million euro Scientology national affairs office at Dublin’s Merrion Square.

Zabrina is a daughter of wrongly convicted Redcastle nightclub owner Frank Shortt and has been a prominent Irish Scientologist for more than a decade, having headed the Church’s ‘Truth About Drugs’ campaign here.

“I think the investment by the Church into a new fully staffed facility in Merrion Square shows a real commitment to really help through its projects,” she said.

“I think, for Ireland, at a time where government budgets have been cut in areas such as drug education for children, to have another entity invest this amount of money and resources into our society to help us, is very welcome.”

Mrs Collins has been at the forefront of Scientology’s anti-drugs message here, distributing more than 250,000 ‘Truth About Drugs’ educational booklets while also bringing drug education lectures to more than 2,000 schoolchildren across the country, including a few hundred pupils at Moville Community College.

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Donna Roddy