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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, 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

A Man and Sligo Champion

On 21 November 2023 the Press Ombudsman decided not to uphold a complaint made by a man about two articles published in the Irish Examiner, in print and online. Read on

A Man and the Irish Examiner

On 21 November 2023 the Press Ombudsman decided not to uphold a complaint made by a man about two articles published in the Irish Examiner, in print and online. Read on

A Person and www.irishmirror.ie

The Press Council of Ireland has overturned a decision of the Press Ombudsman to uphold a complaint by a person that www.irishmirror.ie  breached Principle 1 (Truth and Accuracy) of the Press Council’s Code of Practice. Read on