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Welcome to  the website of the Press Council of Ireland and  Office of the Press Ombudsman. Established in 2008, we consider complaints about newspapers (print and online), magazines and online-only news publications.  A full list of member publications can be found here.  

We are independent of government and the press.

There is no charge for making complaints.

The standards our members commit to can be found in the Code of Practice of the Press Council.

We cannot consider complaints about publications that are not members of the Press Council of Ireland, or complaints about broadcasting or advertising.

We also promote press freedom and the right to freedom of expression.

Recent Decisions and News

Press Ombudsman upholds complaint against Irish Daily Star

The Press Ombudsman has upheld a complaint by a man and a woman that the Irish Daily Star breached Principle 1 (Truth and Accuracy) and Principle 5 (Privacy) of the Code of Practice of the Press Council of Ireland. Read on

Press Ombudsman upholds complaint against Irish Daily Star

The Press Ombudsman has upheld a complaint by a man that the Irish Daily Star breached Principle 1 (Truth and Accuracy) and Principle 2 (Distinguishing Fact and Comment) of the Code of Practice of the Press Council of Ireland. Read on

Press Council upholds complaint by Mr Matthew Martin

The Press Council of Ireland decided to uphold a complaint by Mr Matthew Martin following his appeal of a decision made by the Press Ombudsman about an article published in the Sunday World on 7 August 2016. Read on