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

1662/2023 – Mr Herman Kelly and Extra.ie

The Press Ombudsman has decided that while a statement contained in two articles published by Extra.ie presented a breach of Principle 1 (Truth and Accuracy) of the Press Council’s Code of Practice, she found that the publication took sufficient remedial action to remedy the breach. Read on

1515/2023 - Ms Joan Burgess and Independent.ie

The Press Ombudsman has decided not to uphold a complaint from Ms Joan Burgess about an article published on Independent.ie   in January 2023.  The article is an opinion piece about Irish farming, its relationship to veganism, and how it promotes itself to consumers.  The complainant states that it breaches Principle 1 (Truth and Accuracy) and Principle 3 (Fair Procedures and Honesty). Read on