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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

A Woman and Independent.ie

The Press Ombudsman has upheld a complaint that Independent.ie breached Principle 3 (Fair Procedures and Honesty), Principle 5 (Privacy) and Principle 9 (Children) of the Code of Practice of the Press Council of Ireland. Read on

Sinn Féin and the Irish Independent

The Press Ombudsman has decided that sufficient action was offered to resolve a complaint by Mr Shaun Tracey on behalf of Sinn Féin that the Irish Independent and Independent.ie breached Principle 1 (Truth and Accuracy) of the Code of Practice of the Press Council of Ireland. Read on

MCC and The Sunday Business Post

The Press Ombudsman has decided not to uphold a complaint by Mr Thomas McNally on behalf of MCC that the Sunday Business Post breached Principle 1 (Truth and Accuracy), Principle 2 (Distinguishing Fact and Comment), Principle 3 (Fair Procedures and Honesty) and Principle 4 (Respect for Rights) of the Code of Practice of the Press Council of Ireland. Read on