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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

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

Irish Council for Civil Liberties, Pavee Point Traveller and Roma Centre and the Irish Daily Mail

The Press Ombudsman has decided that sufficient action was offered to resolve a complaint by the Irish Council for Civil Liberties (ICCL) and Pavee Point Traveller and Roma Centre (Pavee Point) that the Irish Daily Mail breached Principle 1 (Truth and Accuracy) and Principle 8 (Prejudice) of the Code of Practice of the Press Council of Ireland. Read on

Munster Technology University Project and the Irishtimes.com

The Press Ombudsman has decided not to uphold a complaint made by the Munster Technology University Project that the Irishtimes.com breached Principle 1 (Truth and Accuracy) and Principle 2 (Distinguishing Fact and Comment). Read on