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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

Mr Brian O'Donnell and Family and the Irish Independent

The Press Ombudsman has not upheld a complaint by Mr Brian O’Donnell and his family that the Irish Independent breached Principle l0 (Publication of Decisions) of the Code of Practice of the Press Council of Ireland.  The decision was affirmed by the Press Council on appeal. Read on

Mr Brian O'Donnell and Family and the Irish Independent

The Press Ombudsman has upheld a complaint made by Mr Brian O’Donnell and his family that the Irish Independent, in its print and online editions, breached Principle 5 (Privacy) of the Code of Practice of the Press Council of Ireland.   The decision was affirmed by the Press Council on appeal. Read on

Reporting of Suicide

The Headline organisation undertakes media monitoring to ensure that mental health and suicide issues are reported in a responsible manner. At a seminar on 12 July they issued the following advice to journalists: Read on