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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

304/2020 - A Mother and The Irish Times

The Press Ombudsman has not upheld a complaint that The Irish Times breached Principle 5 (Privacy), Principle 8 (Prejudice) and Principle 9 (Children) of the Code of Practice of the Press Council of Ireland. Read on

303/2020 - A Mother and the Irish Examiner

The Press Ombudsman has not upheld a complaint that the Irish Examiner breached Principle 5 (Privacy), Principle 8 (Prejudice) and Principle 9 (Children) of the Code of Practice of the Press Council of Ireland. Read on

375/2020 - A Woman and The Southern Star

The Press Ombudsman has not upheld a complaint made by a woman that The Southern Star breached Principle 1 (Truth and Accuracy), Principle 3 (Fair Procedures and Honesty) and Principle 7 (Court Reporting) of the Code of Practice of the Press Council of Ireland. Read on