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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 - view our full list of member publications.

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

Mr Gerry Adams TD and the Irish Independent

The Press Ombudsman has not upheld a complaint made by Mr Gerry Adams TD that the Irish Independent breached Principle 1 (Truth and Accuracy) of the Code of Practice of the Press Council of Ireland. Read on

A Father and the Northern Standard

The Press Ombudsman has not upheld a complaint that the Northern Standard breached Principle 5 (Privacy) of the Code of Practice of the Press Council of Ireland. Read on

Emerald Business Consulting, City Trust & Corporate Services, Mr Danny Cox and The Irish Times

The Press Ombudsman has upheld a complaint made by Emerald Business Consulting Limited and Mr Danny Cox that an article published by The Irish Times breached Principle 1 (Truth and Accuracy) and Principle 3 (Fair Procedures and Honesty) of the Code of Practice of the Press Council of Ireland. Read on