The Evening Herald 12.6.1997 by Merese Mc Donagh Cult's damaging personality test. Families divided by a "religion". Tony Phelan doesn't know his nieces and nephews. He has seen his 81-year-old father twice since February 1995. That is when Tony and his family had a confrontation on the Late Late Show about the church of Scientology. Tony is 37 years old and one would imagine should be entitled to join any religion he likes. But like the Fortune family from Gorey, Co. Wexford, the Phelan family believe their brother has been brainwashed by what they consider to be "a destructive cult". As Joe and Ann Fortune stood outside the Scientologists Irish headquarters in Dublin holding placards which read: "Free Our Son" Tony Phelan's brother-in-law recounted how he had withdrawn from his family.