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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.

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Recent Decisions and News

210/2019 - A Woman, her Son and the Sunday World

The Press Council of Ireland has upheld an appeal by the Sunday World against a decision of the Press Ombudsman that an article breached Principle 5 (Privacy) and Principle 9 (Children) of the Code of Practice of the Press Council of Ireland. Read on

243/2019 - Pagan Federation Ireland and The Irish Times

The Press Ombudsman has decided that The Irish Times offered to take action which was sufficient to resolve a complaint by Pagan Federation Ireland that Principle 2 (Distinguishing Fact and Comment), Principle 4 (Respect for Rights) and Principle 8 (Prejudice) of the Code of Practice of the Press Council of Ireland had been breached. Read on

213/2019 - Ryanair and the Irish Independent

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