THE CHURCH OF Scientology has been cleaning up and planting flowers around Dublin’s Sheriff Street.
It is understood members of the church have made a number of visits to the inner city area, which hit the headlines last year after a number of gangland killings. In a report on one such visit, seen by TheJournal.ie, campaigns director for the church’s national affairs office, Jerry Alred said locals have welcomed them, coming out of their homes to watch them plant flowers.
“Every week that we come to clean there are some older gentlemen standing in front of the church and they welcome us and smile. There are a lot of nice people in Sheriff Street. Sheriff Street itself looks a mess and needs another cleanup.”He said groups from the church have been to the inner city street “at least six or seven days” and have removed “almost two hundred bags of rubbish easily” from the area.
Alred told TheJournal.ie that volunteers had been “clearing up rubbish, picking up needles and planting some flowers”.
He said Dublin City Council had provided planters for them to fill. The council said its central area office has liaised with any residents or voluntary organizations willing to do cleanups of local areas.
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