If you live in Dublin 8 or 15 you will most likely be aware of the UCKG ‘charity’. They’re anything but charitable.
A Brazilian founded Pentecostal (evangelical) organisation, they prey on people much as religions do. This particular bunch aggressively promote exorcism and pursue followers for a hefty tithe.
As far back as 2006, Edel Kennedy investigated them for the Independent:
“Based in Phibsboro in Dublin and led by Brazilian Pastor Alvaro Lima, members are offered help with banishing the ‘curse’ which is stopping them from being successful in their life.
Those who attend are asked for donations at the first meeting and are then requested to give 10pc of all they earn to the organisation. Envelopes are given for people to donate a ‘gift of love’ at the next meeting.
When asked for further details, Pastor Lima said he would not give any information about the organisation over the phone. “We don’t release information because sometimes the press misuse it,” he said. “They don’t use it in the right way.”
He refused to clarify what the donations were used for, saying only that the information would only be given in a private meeting.”
The organisation is banned in some countries for reasons including bible-burning, satan-promoting and have been the subject of a murder inquiry and parliamentary investigations as close to home as the UK and Belgium. In Ireland they receive charitable status naturally enough.