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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, or complaints about broadcasting or advertising.

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

Recent Decisions and News

New NUI Galway Journalism Head calls for reform of libel laws

New NUI Galway Journalism Head calls for reform of libel laws to protect local journalism Read on

Leitrim Together for Yes and the Leitrim Observer

The Press Ombudsman has decided that the Leitrim Observer took action which was sufficient to resolve a complaint where it was found that the newspaper had breached Principle 1 (Truth and Accuracy) and Principle 2 (Distinguishing fact and Comment) of the Code of Practice of the Press Council of Ireland. Read on

A Man and the Sunday Independent

The Press Ombudsman has not upheld a complaint that the Sunday Independent breached Principle 8 (Prejudice) of the Code of Practice of the Press Council of Ireland. Read on