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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, 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

686/2021 - Greyhound Action Ireland and the Irish Examiner

The Press Ombudsman has not upheld a complaint made by Greyhound Action Ireland that the Irish Examiner breached Principle 1 (Truth and Accuracy) of the Code of Practice of the Press Council of Ireland. Read on

660/2021 - Tuam Mother and Baby Home Alliance and the Sunday Independent

The Press Ombudsman has not upheld a complaint made by Ms Breeda Murphy on behalf of the Tuam Mother and Baby Home Alliance that the Sunday Independent breached Principle 2 (Distinguishing Fact and Comment), Principle 4 (Respect for Rights), Principle 5 (Privacy) and Principle 9 (Children) of the Code of Practice of the Press Council of Ireland. Read on

668/2021 - A Mother and the Sunday World

The Press Ombudsman has not upheld a complaint that the Sunday World breached Principle 3 (Fair Procedures and Honesty) and Principle 5 (Privacy) of the Code of Practice of the Press Council of Ireland.  He found that sufficient remedial action was offered by the newspaper to resolve a complaint under Principle 2 (Distinguishing Fact and Comment) of the Code, and that there was insufficient evidence to make a decision on a complaint that Principle 1 (Truth and Accuracy) was breached. Read on