Scientology-linked group 'represented Ireland' at the UN - 2018-01-27

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F356.png Scientology-linked group 'represented Ireland' at the UN January 27, 2018, Maeve Sheehan, Irish Independent

A human rights group linked to Scientologists lobbied the Tanaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs Simon Coveney seeking to "represent the goals and objectives" of his Department.

United for Human Rights contacted the Tanaiste in October to request a meeting, but did not disclose its connections to Scientology, a religion that critics liken to a cult. In an email to the Tanaiste, Ryan Ellory, the group's co-ordinator, also claimed to have "represented Ireland" at the United Nations.

"I recently took some of my volunteers to the United Nations in which we had the opportunity to represent Ireland in the UN and meet with Mr Gerry Kelly, the First Secretary of the Permanent Mission to the UN from Ireland. Mr Kelly advised us to reach out to your Department, I was of course aware of the great works you are doing for human rights," said the email, dated October 31.

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{{cite news | first = Maeve | last = Sheehan | title = Scientology-linked group 'represented Ireland' at the UN | url = https://www.independent.ie/irish-news/politics/scientologylinked-group-represented-ireland-at-the-un-36538079.html | work = Irish Independent | date = January 27, 2018 | accessdate = January 28, 2018 }}