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

Statement by Press Council Chairman on Defamation Awards

Defamation laws are there to protect citizens whose reputations are damaged by newspapers and broadcasters.  They are an important part of the vindication of the rights of citizens to ensure that their reputations are not tarnished by inaccurate reporting.  But there is a balance to be maintained between the rights to protect a reputation and the rights of freedom of expression.  Read on

Press Release - need for regulation of Social Media

The recent publication on the Facebook page of KildareNow (an online-only news service for County Kildare) of an image of a man falsely accused of being a threat to children has received extensive coverage in the media.   Read on

Article by Chairman of Press Council in Irish Independent of 10 June 2017

There is a major anomaly, in Ireland as elsewhere, in the way in which organisations which provide news are treated. Newspapers and magazines and some online-only news publications are subject to a Code of Practice which is implemented by the Press Council, a body independent of Government and the press. Read on