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, third-party comments posted below online articles, broadcasting, advertising, defamation or copyright.  Neither can we consider complaints about social media such as Facebook or Twitter, unless the Facebook or Twitter account is operated by a member publication of the Press Council and the publication has editorial oversight.

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

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Recent Decisions and News

893/2021 - Mr Tom Cooper and The Irish Times

On 30 September 2021 the Press Ombudsman decided that The Irish Times took sufficient action to resolve a complaint made by Mr Tom Cooper that Principle 1 (Truth and Accuracy) of the Code of Practice of the Press Council of Ireland had been breached. Read on

1068/2021 - Mr Peter Reynolds and The Irish Times

The Press Ombudsman has not upheld a complaint by Mr Peter Reynolds that The Irish Times breached Principle 1 (Truth and Accuracy), Principle 2 (Distinguishing Fact and Comment) and Principle 9 (Children) of the Code of Practice of the Press Council of Ireland. Read on

989/2021 - Mr Liam Roe and the Irish Daily Star

The Press Ombudsman has decided not to uphold a complaint 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