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, third-party comments posted below online articles, broadcasting, advertising, defamation or copyright.  Neither can we consider complaints about social media such as Facebook or Twitter, unless the Facebook or Twitter account is operated by a member publication of the Press Council and the publication has editorial oversight.

We also promote press freedom and the right to freedom of expression.

Recent Decisions and News

Mr Luke O’Connor and the Kilkenny People

The Press Ombudsman has decided not to uphold a complaint against the Kilkenny People by Mr Luke O’Connor.  Mr O'Connor complained that an article published in February 2023 breached Principle 3 (Fair Procedures and Honesty) of the Press Council’s Code of Practice because of the “unfortunate conduct” of the newspaper’s journalist in her engagement with him, and also that he had been “misrepresented and quoted out of context”.  The Kilkenny People denied any breach of the Code of Practice. Read on


It has come to the attention of the Office of the Press Ombudsman that an email issued this morning, Thursday, 25 May 2023,  purporting to come from this Office, asking people to open an attachment.   The email contained a false telephone number for this Office. Read on

Safety Before LNG and the Irish Examiner

The Press Ombudsman upheld a complaint made by an individual on behalf of the Safety Before LNG group that the Irish Examiner breached Principle 1 (Truth and Accuracy) and Principle 2 (Distinguishing Fact and Comment) of the Press Council’s Code of Practice. Read on