Recent Decisions and News

Mr Finbar O'Rourke and the Sunday World

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Posted on: 08-Sep-2017
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The Press Ombudsman has not upheld a complaint made by Mr Finbar O’Rourke that the Sunday World breached Principle 1 (Truth and Accuracy), Principle 2 (Distinguishing Fact and Comment), Principle 3 (Fair Procedures and Honesty) and Principle 5 (Privacy) of the Code of Practice of the Press Council of Ireland.

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Mr Brian O'Donnell and Family and the Irish Independent

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Posted on: 06-Sep-2017
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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.

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Mr Brian O'Donnell and Family and the Irish Independent

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Posted on: 14-Jul-2017
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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.

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Reporting of Suicide

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Posted on: 13-Jul-2017
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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:

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Corofin Castle Heritage Park and the Connacht Tribune

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Posted on: 22-Jun-2017
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The Press Ombudsman has not upheld a complaint made by the Corofin Castle Heritage Park that the Connacht Tribune breached Principle 1 (Truth and Accuracy), Principle 2 (Distinguishing Fact and Comment), Principle 3 (Fair Procedures and Honesty) and Principle 4 (Respect for Rights) of the Code of Practice of the Press Council of Ireland.

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Statement by Press Council Chairman on Defamation Awards

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Posted on: 16-Jun-2017
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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. 

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Press Release - need for regulation of Social Media

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Posted on: 12-Jun-2017
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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.  

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

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Posted on: 10-Jun-2017
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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.

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2016 Annual Report of Press Council of Ireland and Office of the Press Ombudsman

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Posted on: 25-May-2017
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2016 Annual Report can be found here : 

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Remarks of Chairman Sean Donlon at launch of 2016 Annual Report

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Posted on: 25-May-2017
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Launch of the 2016 Annual Report of the Press Council of Ireland and Office of the Press Ombudsman  -  Remarks of Chairman, Seán Donlon  

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Speech by Sean Donlon to Association of European Journalists

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Posted on: 13-Oct-2017
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Speech given by Seán Donlon, Chairperson of the Press Council of Ireland, to the Association of European Journalists in Ireland on 13 October 2017

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Statement by Press Council Chairman on Defamation Awards

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Posted on: 16-Jun-2017
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Statement from Chairman of Press Council of Ireland – Defamation Awards

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