Scientology is staffing its Narconon in Ireland like it's already won court approval - 2019-08-18
Scientology isn't waiting for official approval before recruiting staff for the planned Narconon Ireland facility in Ballivor, County Meath. We last reported on the planned Narconon Ireland in 2018 as neighbors were organizing to oppose the facility. Scientology has a permit for converting the old primary school to a nursing home and hoped to open a 34 bed drug rehab facility under that permit.
Since then An Bord Pleanála, the national planning and appeals board, overturned the county's decision to allow the facility. They wrote "The proposed use as a residential drug rehabilitation facility would be a factual change of use from use as a nursing home and such change of use would raise material planning considerations including different patterns of traffic, and pedestrian activity/movement, a different service to a different user group, including a population with a broader age profile and who are drug dependent and with limited interaction with the local community, and is, therefore a material change of use, and is development."
Scientology appealed the decision and the case goes before An Ard-Chúirt, the High Court on December 10th. In the meantime Scientology is finishing the construction work on the site. The building is furnished and almost ready to go. The addition of four wings to the original two at the top of this photo has more than doubled the available space. Still to be done is the window frosting needed because of the close proximity to a community garden.