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

Clare Daly MEP, Mick Wallace MEP and the Irish Daily Mirror

The Press Ombudsman has decided not to uphold a complaint made by MEPs Clare Daly and Mick Wallace that the Irish Daily Mirror breached Principle 1 (Truth and Accuracy) and Principle 2 (Distinguishing Fact and Comment) of the Code of Practice of the Press Council of Ireland.  Read on

Mr Brian McDermott and the Sunday World

The Press Ombudsman has decided to uphold a complaint by Mr Brian McDermott that the Sunday World breached Principle 5 (Privacy) of the Press Council's Code of Practise when it published a photograph which included his taxi with visual details that could be used to identify him.  He said that the newspaper had breached Principle 5.1 and 5.2 of the Code. 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