Peter Feeney became Ireland's Press Ombudsman on 01 September 2014, following the retirement of Professor John Horgan.
Peter Feeney had previously served as an independent member of the Press Council of Ireland, since October 2013. As RTÉ's Head of Broadcast Compliance and Freedom of Information Officer he managed for over ten years RTÉ's processes in dealing with complaints to the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland. He was also responsible for the production of guidelines and training in programme standards. As FOI Officer he handled over one thousand requests from journalists and members of the public for records held by RTÉ and simultaneously advised RTÉ programme-makers on their own use of FOI to obtain records. He was also involved in training Irish universities when the FOI Act was extended to cover universities. He advised the BBC when the UK FOI Act was enacted. Peter Feeney is a member of the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform's FOI Implementation Review Group. Prior to Compliance and FOI he was from 1990 to 1997 Editor of Current Affairs Television in RTÉ. Before joining RTÉ he lectured in politics in the University of Ulster. He left RTÉ at the end of 2012, and was involved in a consultancy service, Kelleher Feeney Compliance.