Government to block three-year rent freeze despite support from TDs
The Government is likely to kill-off a proposed three-year rent freeze - despite it being backed by the majority of TDs. Fianna Fáil has backed a Sinn Féin bill that proposes an immediate rent freeze on all existing and new tenancies other than those on social housing supports for three years, meaning it will pass a Dáil vote tomorrow. Sinn Féin is also proposing a refundable tax credit of up to €1,500 per year for renters. But the Government believes this element of the bill will cost the State at least €100m per year, meaning it will require a money message from the Taoiseach.
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The Church of Scientology poured almost €1m into its controversial community centre near Tallaght last year.
The state-of-the-art community centre lost €397,423 in 2018 but was propped up by almost €931,416 from Scientology entities in Los Angeles, Florida and its Religious Education College, accounts show.
The support from the global church means that the loss-making centre in Firhouse can continue as a going concern into the future, auditors noted. The accounts show it had €506,762 cash in the bank in December last year, and a small overdraft of €22,067. It spent €76,500 on cars and was run by an average of 60 "volunteers".
Vultures hit owners with interest rate hike 'to test how they react'
A vulture fund that bought a portfolio of distressed mortgages has pushed up the interest rate it charges homeowners, despite being told this could push many into default. Many of the mortgages are understood to be in default as they were originated by a subprime lender. The move by largest vulture in the State, Promontoria, is seen as a test case, and reflects the fact that vultures now realise that they overpaid for loan portfolios. VultureMany of the mortgages are understood to be in default as they were originated by a subprime lender. The move by largest vulture in the State, Promontoria, is seen as a test case, and reflects the fact that vultures now realise that they overpaid for loan portfolios.
The tax status of the Church of Scientology in the United States has been the subject of decades of controversy and litigation. Although the Church of Scientology was initially partially exempted by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) from paying federal income tax
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Separate accounts filed last month for the Scientologists' National Affairs Office on Merrion Square disclosed assets of just €3,117. The Scientologists' Religious Education College in England pays the expenses of the Dublin office, "donating" €193,926 last year.
The financial statements offer a limited glimpse of what the Church of Scientology is spending in Ireland.
It has invested heavily here in recent years, snapping up the Merrion Square building for €4m in 2016, and the Firhouse community centre for €6m in 2017.
An affiliate organisation, Narconon, acquired a €1m property in Co Meath to convert to a drug rehabilitation centre, prompting protests from local people.
The church says it is doing good works but critics accuse of it being a cult that is trying to recruit new members. Micheal Martin, the Fianna Fail leader, has described Scientology as a "cult" that could be damaging to young people.
A radical plan to split the FAI is to be put to the government
A new proposal that would see the FAI split into two separate entities is all set to be put forward to the government. The association has had a torrid 2019 and last week they revealed the scale of their mounting debts as well as the details surrounding the exit of former CEO John Delaney. Sport […]The association has had a torrid 2019 and last week they revealed the scale of their mounting debts as well as the details surrounding the exit of former CEO John Delaney.
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Keeping Scientology Working (often referred to by Scientologists as KSW) is a Church of Scientology policy letter that serves as the keystone for a series of related policy letters written by church founder L. Ron Hubbard.
The Church of Scientology's community centre came under the spotlight last week when the manager of its restaurant was convicted of making an abusive phone call to an autism rights campaigner.
Bantry District Court was told that Nathan Moore (22), from Tallaght, began as a volunteer and is now a member of the Church of Scientology.
He was described in court as an immature man who left school early. Judge James McNulty suggested that the Church of Scientology had a duty of care towards Nathan Moore and said he could suspend his 90-day sentence if it agreed to pay €10,000 to the Irish Autism Society: "The court would expect that those in authority or leadership in the Church of Scientology would go surety to ensure his appeal."
The victim in the case, Fiona O'Leary, told the Sunday Independent yesterday that she hoped the church would pay the €10,000 to the charity "so that he won't spend Christmas in prison".
TD Maria Bailey wins €150 at Fine Gael super draw
Swing-gate TD Maria Bailey has pocketed €150 after winning a cash prize at the Fine Gael super draw. At a raffle draw in McGrattans Bar in Dublin City Centre on Thursday, Ms Bailey’s name was drawn for one of the smaller cash prizes of €150. The top prize of €20,000 went to the brother of Noel Rock’s partner. Fine Gael sold 11,500 super draw tickets this year at €80 a head which means the party raised €920,000 from the political fundraiser.The small win for the embattled Ms Bailey comes after Fine Gael removed her from the party’s general election ticket in Dun Laoghaire.
There are four main codes that Scientologists apply in life. One is the Auditor’s Code, which gives the basic rules an auditor must abide by to ensure excellent Another is the Code of a Scientologist , guidelines which Scientologists agree to follow in order to achieve the aims of Scientology .
The Church of Scientology publicly classifies itself as a religion, and some scholars consider it a new religious movement, but that claim has been challenged for decades on the grounds that the Church operates more like a for-profit business than a church.
"The judge seemed to be calling on Scientologists to be accountable for this young man," she said.
The incident occurred in December 2017, when Moore was 20. The court heard how Fiona O'Leary rang the Scientology centre under an assumed name because she was concerned about Scientology involvement in an upcoming funfair and wanted to find out more. She spoke with Nathan Moore, then a volunteer.
He later found out the caller was not who she had said she was and phoned back. Fiona O'Leary recorded the call, in which Moore verbally abused her and threatened to "box her up and down".
Ms O'Leary told the Sunday Independent the calls had a frightening and lasting impact on her children, two of whom have autism.
She said the verdict "was really important for my campaign work, and for my son. But what I would really like is an apology from the Church of Scientology to me and to the autism community."
A campaigner against what she described as "quack treatments" and anti-vaccine promoters, Ms O'Leary said she was offered a "cure" for her child's autism by Scientologists - an intense course of saunas and vitamins known as a "purification run-down". The HSE has previously said such treatments, which cost €1,500, have no basis in science.
Entitlements: Move made after Leo took office
Leo Varadkar personally signed off on a plan to give former Taoisigh special supports including VIP airport facilities, increased use of State cars and the salary of a full-time secretary just four months after he took office. Mr Varadkar was told the decision would cost up to €300,000 a year if all Taoisigh took advantage of the entitlements.The move took place in October 2017; Mr Varadkar had only taken up office in June.Former Taoiseach Enda Kenny initially removed the perks, saying in the Dáil at the time: "Former Taoisigh are having their staff and phone entitlements withdrawn with effect from January 1, 2012.
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In a statement, the Church of Scientology & Community Centre said it is taking legal advice on the proceedings "in which it had no direct involvement" and could not comment.
It said the community centre is a "key local venue for sporting, cultural, heritage and charitable initiatives" and has "delivered religious services including over 2,000 Scientology courses" helping people with everyday problems.
Delaney's love Emma offers her apartment to homeless family for the Christmas holidays .
It may have been an annus horribilis for her boyfriend John Delaney, but Emma English is wrapping up the year by offering her Dublin apartment to a homeless family for Christmas. The blonde, who found love with the former FAI chief after the end of his marriage, has announced to friends on social media that she is looking for a homeless family to invite into her home for three days over the festive season.In a long post on her social media page, she described the year as positive but "a very trying time that has tested the boundaries of human threshold of hurt pain and that paralyzed feeling of hopelessness".