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.

Recent Decisions and News

1363/2022 - A Man and The Irish Times

The Press Ombudsman has not upheld a complaint that The Irish Times breached Principle 1 (Truth and Accuracy) and Principle 3 (Fairness and Honesty) of the Code of Practice of the Press Council of Ireland). Read on

1352/2022 - A Complainant and the New Ross Standard

The Press Ombudsman has not upheld a complaint that the New Ross Standard breached Principle 1 (Truth and Accuracy), Principle 2 (Distinguishing Fact and Comment), Principle 4 (Respect for Rights) and Principle 5 (Privacy) of the Code of Practice. Read on

1438/2022 - A Complainant and the Irish Examiner

The Press Ombudsman has decided not to uphold a complaint made about an article published online by the Irish Examiner on 25 August 2022 in its opinion section.  The complainant has asserted his right to anonymity. Read on