Victory Centre set to reopen tomorrow

THE Church of Scientology is opening its premises in the Victory Centre on the Firhouse Road this Saturday.

A number of local councillors have been invited on a private tour of the refurbished facility, which a spokesperson for the Church of Scientology said would be available for local groups and charities to use for free.

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Facilities include a 1,100-seat auditorium, meeting spaces, coffee shop, renovated sports pitch and gym.

While a spokesman told The Echo that there will be a division between the church and the community centre, a number of local representatives expressed their interest in learning how the centre would be run as a stand-alone facility. Templeogue-Terenure councillor Paul Foley (Fianna Fail) who visited the centre this week said: “It’s a fabulous facility and a great site.

“It was a church facility before that was open to the community and there was a great sense of loss in the community when it closed.

“There was an element of trust with the former owners and I think that same element of trust would need to be built up with the new owners. Hopefully that trust can be built up and locals can avail of the facilities.”

The Echo understands that a number of protests are planned for the opening.

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