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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

924/2021 - Ms Geri Lalor and the Sunday Independent

The Press Ombudsman has not upheld a complaint made by Ms Geri Lalor that the Sunday Independent breached Principle 1 (Truth and Accuracy), Principle 4 (Respect for Rights) and Principle 8 (Prejudice) of the Code of Practice of the Press Council of Ireland. Read on

923/2021 - Mr Ciarán Ferrie and The Irish Times

The Press Ombudsman has not upheld a complaint by Mr Ciarán Ferrie that The Irish Times 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

874/2021 - Mr. David O'Brien and DublinLive.ie

Press Ombudsman upholds complaint by Mr David O’Brien   The Press Ombudsman has upheld a complaint made by Mr David O’Brien that Dublinlive.ie breached Principle  2 (Distinguishing Fact and Comment) of the Code of Practice of the Press Council of Ireland. The Press Ombudsman has insufficient evidence to make a decision that Principle 1 (Truth and Accuracy) had been breached, and has not upheld  the complaint made under Principle 3 (Fair Procedures and Honesty) and Principle 4 (Respect for Rights). Read on